LONDON—Former Grayling chief executive Nigel Kennedy has acquired the boutique PR consultancy he helped to establish. Commucan launched in 2010 as a joint venture between creative agency MBA and design and branding consultancy Creative Leap with Kennedy as an adviser and chairman.
Kennedy has now acquired a majority stake in the consultancy, while Creative Leap has retained a stake in the firm and new investors include Andrew Barrow, for 30 years a real estate lawyer, and Adam Walker, a leading corporate lawyer.
Commucan's experienced team provides a full range of services including strategic public relations, reputation management, issues and crisis handling, stakeholder engagement and media relations. It has advised a major fabricator of offshore oil platforms, a high-profile London football club, a leading French cheese co-operative, a major serviced office provider, the inventor of the world’s first paper bottle and a consumer genetics company.
Kennedy oversaw Grayling’s international expansion for 16 years, from the UK and Europe into the US and Asia, and led a management buyout in 2004.