SCOOP: Hill + Knowlton and Dewey Square to Merge
"Dewey Square Group (DSG) will become a Hill+Knowlton Strategies company. DSG ... will maintain its own brand and continue to operate under its current leadership," H+K CEO Jack Martin wrote in a Friday email to employees obtained by the Alley.
In the email, Martin announced that Joe Eyer, who runs DSG's grassroots practice, will become head of H+K's global public affairs practice.
Jason Cohen, a 13-year veteran of the firm, will take Eyer's job, said DSG spokeswoman Ginny Terzano. She added that DSG will not be laying off employees as a result of the new structure.
The new arrangement combines H+K's strong digital practice and DSG's flagship grassroots work. Both firms are owned by the mega London holding company WPP.
Here's the email from Martin:
This post, originally published at 8:50 p.m., has been updated.
Today I am excited to announce that the Dewey Square Group (DSG) will become a Hill+Knowlton Strategies company. DSG, one of our sister companies that became part of WPP Group in 2006, will maintain its own brand and continue to operate under its current leadership.
Those familiar with DSG may already know that it has an impeccable reputation in the public affairs arena, with a particularly strong record of creating and implementing winning grassroots campaigns. These assets, combined with the strengths of Public Strategies and Wexler & Walker, will immediately enhance H+K's public affairs offering and create a standard of excellence that can be adopted globally. Much like H+K, the DSG team has a history of great results applying a campaign-style approach to client issues.
DSG's team of strategists is deeply connected at the highest levels in the public and private sectors, and they have demonstrated an ability to build relationships with Fortune 500 companies across many different industries. With seven offices across the country, they will help us expand our reach to new markets including Boston, Detroit and Sacramento, and solidify our position in others.
I am also pleased to announce that Joe Eyer, director of DSG's grassroots practice, will become head of H+K's global public affairs practice. Joe has tremendous experience working on national grassroots campaigns for corporations and non-profit organizations, and has a background rooted in government and politics, having served as deputy campaign manager and director of political affairs for Senator Joe Lieberman's presidential campaign. Joe was an integral part of former Vice President Al Gore's political operation, beginning in the White House, then shifting to Gore's leadership PAC before finally joining his campaign for president.
I have known DSG's founder and chairman, Chuck Campion, for many years, and I would like to welcome him and the rest of the Dewey Square Group team to the H+K family. I am looking forward to applying the expertise of both firms and am confident this collaboration will bring great success, expanded capabilities and creative solutions to the firm and its clients.