Today they’ve announced a merger with The PBN Company, which will add offices across Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and across the Commonwealth of Independent States. Offices in this region will operate under the name PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies. In Moscow, where both companies have offices, H+K will merge operations with PBN. In D.C., PBN will merge operations with H+K offices.
WPP bought 49.9 percent of The PBN Company in 2007. This merger is the result of the additional 25.1 percent purchase in the company. PBN execs Peter Necarsulmer, Susan Thurman, and Myron Wasylyk will keep the remaining 25 percent stake.
And, H+K has launched a new research and analytics organization, Research+Data Insights, that will be headquartered in the H+K New York office and have 12 locations around the world. Dr. Michael Lustina will oversee U.S. research and global operations; David Iannelli will oversee global research; and Dr. Peter Zandan is global vice chairman.