Weber Continues Buying Spree, Purchases Public Affairs Firm

As part of its ongoing mission to build a global network, Weber Public Relations Worldwide has acquired Ryan McGinn, a public affairs and crisis communications agency in Arlington, Va.
Dan McGinn will continue to serve as president of the shop he co-founded 11 years ago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Renamed Weber/Ryan McGinn, the 40-person agency provides government, community and media relations as well as litigation support and lobbying services to clients such as General Motors, Texaco and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. The agency has projected 1998 revenues of more than $8 million.
“This acquisition gives us a very strong presence in the Washington, D.C., area, one of the fastest growing technology regions of the country,” said Weber chairman Larry Weber.
The deal also adds considerable government affairs experience to the public relations network Weber has been building for parent company McCann-Erickson WorldGroup.
Since selling his agency to McCann last year, Weber has devoted much of his time to buying companies to help form a public relations “corridor.” The long-term goal: leveraging his shop’s technology background to create a global public relations network with a consumer focus.
All told, Cambridge, Mass.-based Weber claims 600 employees in various offices and affiliates worldwide and more than $70 million in annual fee income, making it one of the 10 largest public relations organizations in the world.
Adding to its consumer cache, Weber recently picked up assignments for Lipton’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and the international rollout of Gillette’s Satin Care products.
Working toward that end, Weber has completed several acquisitions, including the purchase of the Neva Group, a high-tech agency in Cambridge, Mass.; Technology Solutions in New York; and the Ludgate Group, an investor relations shop in London.