Perry to Head Corporate Practice at H&K New York
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Perry to Head Corporate Practice at H&K New York

Diane Perry, a veteran of investor relations and corporate practices at Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Gavin Anderson & Company, is joining Hill & Knowlton as director of the New York corporate practice.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK, November 30—Diane Perry, a veteran of investor relations and corporate practices at Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Gavin Anderson & Company, is joining Hill & Knowlton as senior managing director and director of the New York corporate practice. She will report to New York general manager Phil Sheldon, with a dotted line to Harlan Teller, executive vice president and worldwide director of the firm’s corporate practice.
 
The arrival of Perry, who has substantial experience in the investor relations and mergers and acquisitions arenas, will also strengthen H&K’s New York IR practice—currently four people led by Cathleen Mayrose. The financial communications practice has been folded into the corporate practice, “to foster better integration between corporate and financial disciplines,” says Teller.
 
The New York corporate practice consists of 28 professionals serving clients in the manufacturing, professional services, financial services and transportation industries. Specialist capabilities include crisis communications, litigation, corporate social responsibility, financial and employee communications. It was most recently led by Anne Wright, who left H&K in October to pursue other interests.
 
“Diane is a recognized senior corporate communications professional with an outstanding track record who adds depth to Hill and Knowlton’s financial and professional services capabilities,” says Teller.  “Her strong financial communications experience bolsters our ability to deliver integrated corporate and financial communications programs to our clients.”
 
Teller confirmed that H&K would like to rebuild its business in the transactions arena, where the firm was once a leader. “We very much want to be a player in the deals business, and we still do that kind of work, albeit not on the scale of the boutiques,” he says. “Diane does have experience in this area, which can only help, but we already have people in several markets with experience in deals.”
 
Perry has has worked with clients on IPOs, mergers & acquisitions, corporate and executive positioning, spin-offs, crisis management, employee communications, restructurings, community relations, financial media, and traditional investor relations.
 
She was most recently a managing director at Omnicom’s international investor relations unit Gavin Anderson & Company.  Prior to joining Gavin Anderson, she was general manager and executive vice president of Weber Shandwick’s New York office and global practice director of corporate communications. She also spent time at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and the Financial Relations Board. She began her career as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch.
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