CHICAGO—Harlan Teller, head of the global corporate practice at Hill & Knowlton, is joining Financial Dynamics as managing director of a new Chicago office for the firm. Teller will be joined by two of his colleagues from H&K: litigation communications expert Harlan Loeb and Jim Sloane, whose background includes work in the corporate social responsibility arena.
The Chicago office will be FD’s fifth in the U.S., alongside operations in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The U.K.-based firm has 14 offices around the world, but has been growing rapidly in the U.S. since Declan Kelly was named president and CEO and started to remodel the U.S. business—built on the acquisition of IR firm Morgen-Walke—to look more like the strategic financial, corporate and public affairs shop FD has in Europe.
According to Kelly, the opening of a Midwest office is important for two reasons: “First, we have appointed three highly regarded experts in our industry, whom we expect to quickly establish FD as one of the leading communications consultancies in the Midwest region. Secondly, these new hires significantly enhance our reputation management, crisis and litigation services for FD clients around the world.”
Teller is a 25-year industry veteran and one of the country’s leading corporate and crisis communications experts. He will serve as managing director of FD’s Midwest operations and as U.S. director of reputation management services. Previously, he served as chief client officer and head of the global corporate practice at H&K and has counseled clients including Sears, United Airlines, and Kansas City Power & Light.
Harlan Loeb has joined FD as head of litigation communications after serving as U.S. director of H&K’s litigation services asset group. A member of the Illinois and Wisconsin bar associations, Loeb has advised clients such as Allstate, HP, Nicor Gas Company, Mitsubishi Corporation and Motorola. He is also an expert on Sarbanes-Oxley communications strategy.
Jim Sloane has joined FD as senior vice president in the Chicago office. He was formerly senior vice president and head of the U.S. corporate social responsibility team and the Chicago corporate practice at H&K.