Industry News In Brief (September 25, 2016)
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Industry News In Brief (September 25, 2016)

O'Malley Hansen, Vector, Van Eperen make acquisitions; Wagstaff expands; ICF rebrands.

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CHICAGO—O'Malley Hansen Communications, with offices in Chicago and St Louis, has acquired Alpaytac Public Relations. The acquisition expands the agency's footprint by adding an office in Los Angeles and additional team members in Chicago and New York. Alpaytac chief executive and president Huma Gruaz will join OHC as a partner based in Los Angeles. This acquisition also creates an international footprint for OHC with access to offices in 32 countries in more than 40 countries through the ECCO International Communications network.

HONOLULU—Tokyo-based Vector will acquire and merge resources with Honolulu based PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. and its sister companies PRTech and PacRim Marketing Tokyo.  The acquisition will make Vector one of the largest independent media communications firms in Asia-Pacific region, with nine offices in Asia and one in the US and revenue of more than $90 million. The acquisition increases opportunities for PacRim and PRTech clients to expand their reach and impact in Japan and Asia.

FAIRFAX, VA—ICF, a consulting and technology services provider to government and commercial clients, has unveiled a fresh new brand, including new corporate positioning, logo and website in conjunction with the celebration of its 10th anniversary as a publicly-traded company. The new positioning promises that ICF “makes big things possible” for its clients, employees, investors and stakeholders. ICF now offers a full suite of digital, communications, loyalty and marketing services to help clients engage more fully with citizens, consumers and clients.

LOS ANGELES—Wagstaff Worldwide, a specialist in travel and hospitality marketing, has opened an office in Vancouver, Canada. Led by regional director Ernst Flach, Wagstaff Worldwide Vancouver will provide clients with even more comprehensive representation throughout North America and in the Asia-Pacific region. Flach joined Wagstaff after spending 10 years with the Canadian Tourism Commission in a variety of senior marketing roles. 

NORTH BETHESDA, MD—Maryland-based communications agency Van Eperen has acquired J. Davis Public Relations, a Baltimore-based public relations consultancy founded in 2005 by Jeffrey Davis. Davis will serve as managing director, Baltimore.






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