NEW YORK—The Global Consulting Group, the U.S.-based corporate communications, investor relations, and public affairs consulting arm of Lord Peter Chadlington’s Huntsworth Group, has acquired Summit Consulting Group, a strategic corporate communications and public affairs practice in Chicago. Summit’s name will be changed immediately to The Global Consulting Group.
Huntsworth has been on a spending spree in Europe, acquiring Germany’s Trimedia, British financial communications specialist Hudson Sandler, and U.K. consultancy Grayling Group. Summit is the firm’s second U.S. acquisition, after Thomson Financial, which provided the foundation for the creation of Global Consulting Group.
According to Richard Wolff, the group’s CEO, “Chicago is a key strategic market for GCG, and Summit’s professionals are highly regarded in both the public and private sectors there. With Summit Consulting we are broadening our capabilities in the U.S. as we continue to build a high-quality, research-based network for providing exemplary communications consulting to clients on a global platform.
“In addition, with the extensive experience of Summit’s top counselors in government policy and lobbying, we expect to broaden and leverage real synergies with GCG’s existing public affairs practice, which is led by former U.S. Congresswoman and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in the New York office.”
Founded in 1991, SCG focuses primarily on C-level consulting, including public affairs, investor relations and crisis communications.
Grayson Mitchell, chief executive officer of Summit Consulting Group adds, “The long history of Summit’s established professionals here in Chicago, combined with GCG’s global vision and robust array of services, will help galvanize our combined operations in the market to bring even greater opportunity.”