NEW YORK—Omnicom, parent company of Fleishman-Hillard, Ketchum, and Porter Novelli, has acquired a majority interest in Mercury Public Affairs, a New York-based public affairs company. The firm will be a unit of Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services group.
Mercury Public Affairs was started in 1999 by founding partners Kieran Mahoney, a campaign advisor to Governor George Pataki, Senator Al D’Amato, and Robert Dole’s 1996 presidential bid; Greg Strimple, former director of polling and deputy political director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee; and Kirill Goncharenko, formerly senior vice president of public affairs for Mariner Post-Acute Network, a $3 billion long-term care company based in Atlanta. Clients include AT&T, America’s Blood Centers, Cable & Wireless, the Distilled Spirits Council, Florida Power and Light, Lockheed Martin,
Keyspan Energy , Pacific Gas & Electric, Sallie Mae, and Tenet Healthcare.
“We were impressed with Mercury’s unique approach to public affairs and exceptional record of success for its clients,” said Thomas Harrison, chief executive officer of Diversified Agency Services. “This is a company that has taken on problems large and small, and produced big results.”
The corporate division, headed by Goncharenko, has helped pass tort reform in Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida, and posted successes in crisis communications, mergers and acquisitions and labor relations across the United States. The political division, headed by Strimple, has worked on some of the highest profile national, statewide and local races in the United States, as well as several international campaigns.
“Omnicom companies are leaders in every category that matters,” says Mahoney. “This partnership makes us smarter and deeper, allowing Mercury Public Affairs to provide a level of unmatched business value for our clients.”