MUMBAI—Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has expanded its global network into India, opening a wholly owned office in Mumbai. The firm will provide communications counsel to global corporations and international organizations based in India or doing business in the country and will help “India Inc.” as it expands its business operations overseas.
The firm already works with companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest IT services organization, ,managing its strategic global communications program across Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.
Jack Dougherty, a communications industry professional with 20 years of experience, has been named senior vice president and general manager and will lead Fleishman-Hillard’s India operations and provide senior strategic counsel. An FH employee early in his career, Dougherty re-joined the firm in 2007 after managing his own consultancy, where he advised corporations including Anheuser-Busch, Gap, GE, and Google as well as technology start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously held corporate communications positions at specialty apparel retailer Gap, and Anheuser-Busch.
Yusuf Hatia, born in India and until recently based in Fleishman-Hillard’s London office, has been named vice president. Hatia has worked for such companies as The World Wireless Forum, AST Computer, Saudi Telecom and Fujitsu, and with the U.K.’s Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and has also worked in the Middle East.
The office will also draw on the expertise Tarun Deo, Fleishman-Hillard’s senior vice president for technology in the Asia Pacific region, who was a participant in the technology communications industry in India in the 1990s. Before joining FH in early 2007, he launched and led tech PR offices in Mumbai and, eventually, across India and Asia and managed clients such as Cisco, Intel, Xerox, Microsoft, SAP, Canon, Tektronix, AMD, and the Gartner Group.