Former Grayling Chief Kennedy Buys Boutique Firm
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Former Grayling Chief Kennedy Buys Boutique Firm

Former Grayling chief executive Nigel Kennedy has acquired the boutique PR consultancy he helped to establish.

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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.
 

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