H&K Forms Public Affairs Alliance with Wexler Group
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H&K Forms Public Affairs Alliance with Wexler Group

Hill & Knowlton is making a move to add greater depth to its Washington offering, announcing a strategic alliance with The Wexler Group, a sister company under the WPP Group umbrella and one of the leading government relations firms in the nation’s capit

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Historically, Hill & Knowlton has been a leader in the public policy arena, one of the first firms to integrate public relations and public affairs and for years—under the leadership of Robert Gray—the largest PR agency in the nation’s capital. But in recent years, H&K’s Washington office has diversified beyond public affairs, most recently adding a strong technology practice, and its pre-eminence in the political arena was beginning to fade.
 
Now the firm is making a move to add greater depth to its Washington offering, announcing a strategic alliance with The Wexler Group, a sister company under the WPP Group umbrella and one of the leading government relations firms in the nation’s capital.
 
In addition to bringing a new dimension to H&K’s public affairs capabilities, the alliance plays into a major trend: the convergence of public relations and lobbying, as exemplified by recent deals such Ketchum’s acquisition of The Washington Group and Fleishman-Hillard’s integration of GPC International and R. Duffy Wall & Associates.
 
According to H&K chairman and chief executive Howard Paster, “By coordinating Hill & Knowlton’s recognized excellence in public affairs with the intellectual resources and the political firepower of Wexler, both firms will be better able to serve our clients across the broad array of specialized practices in public affairs, public relations and public policy.”
 
At the same time, The Wexler Group announced that it will change its name to Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, in an effort to underscore the government relations firm’s bipartisan nature. Wexler principals Cindi Berry, Tim Hannegan and Joel Malina will all become managing directors of the re-named firm. And as part of the new strategic alliance, the firm’s two named principals, Anne Wexler and Robert Walker, will both become vice chairs of Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide.
 
“Serving clients’ government relations interests in Washington requires a unique blend of resources: deep knowledge of public policy, strong powers of political persuasion and broad access to media and government decision-makers,” says Walker, a former 20-year member of Congress from Pennsylvania, who joined the firm in 1997. Adds Wexler, “Clients who seek to influence public policy– by educating the public about their concerns, by propelling their issues in the media and by reaching key lawmakers and regulators – will now have a ‘one-stop shop’ approach for all their needs.”    
 
Hill & Knowlton’s Washington office has 85 professionals, while Wexler & Walker, has 19 professionals who specialize in lobbying and government relations.
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