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Publicis Acquires Government Relations Firm

Publicis Consultants, the parent company of west coast public affairs firm Winner & Associates, has acquired a majority interest in Johnston & Associates, a leading government relations firm.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 15—Publicis Consultants, the parent company of west coast public affairs firm Winner & Associates, has acquired a majority interest in Johnston & Associates, a leading Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm founded by former Senator J. Bennett Johnston.
 
Johnston & Associates, which was founded in 1997, will become a division of Winner & Associates but will retain its name, its management team and its approach to serving clients. Publicis Consultants operates independent of Publicis Dialog, a sister company that includes the balance of Publicis’ PR operations in the U.S.
 
Says Eric Giuily, president and CEO of Paris-based Publicis Consultants, “Senator Johnston was one of the most highly respected and influential political leaders in Washington during his 24 years in the U.S. Senate. Over the past five years, Bennett and his partners Proctor Jones and Hunter Johnston have used their talents to build one of the most successful government relations companies in the U.S. It is terrific that this talented team has agreed to become part of Winner & Associates and the Publicis family.”
 
Senator Johnston began his political career in the Louisiana Legislature, where he spent eight years. He then served 24 years in the United States Senate. As a member of the Senate committee on energy and natural resources from its creation, and as its chairman and ranking member for much of that time, Johnston was responsible for all energy legislation considered by the Congress between 1973 and 1996 and led the effort to pass the first electricity restructuring legislation.
 
According to Johnson, “Joining the Publicis Group allows us to benefit from its global reach and expands our capabilities. We will be able to offer new services to our clients and broaden our areas of representation.  I believe our two companies share philosophical outlooks and dedication to providing outstanding service for our clients.”
 
Clients of Johnston & Associates include Bechtel Enterprises, Boeing, Edison International, Exelon Energy, General Motors, the National Institute for Environmental Renewal, Navajo Nation, Northern States Power, Northrop Grumman, Nuclear Energy Institute, Tulane University, and University of Chicago.
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