Hill Knowlton expands its global footprint into India

Leading global communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton has expanded its operations into India by taking over the management responsibility of IPAN from JWT India effective July 1st 2009.

The new entity, to be re branded IPAN Hill & Knowlton, will become a part of Hill & Knowlton’s Asia Pacific region with IPAN President Radhika Shapoorjee reporting to Hill & Knowlton Asia Pacific President & Chief Operating Officer Vivian Lines. Both JWT and Hill & Knowlton are part of communications services group, WPP, and all existing management and staff at IPAN will continue in their existing roles.

Colvyn Harris, CEO JWT India said: “In today’s complex business environment specialization will drive success in the market place. We believe that this management realignment for IPAN with Hill & Knowlton will enhance the value proposition for globalization of Public Relations in India and will strengthen our ability to build a bridge into the international PR arena for our clients in India.”

IPAN is one of India’s leading and most respected Public Relations consultancies with some of the best in class clients across several sectors. With over 140 people and operations in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata, it has local affiliations that reach more than 100 other cities across India.

“First and foremost I would like to thank my colleagues at JWT for their confidence that this change of management will work to the benefit of all parties,” said Vivian Lines, President & COO Asia Pacific, Hill & Knowlton. “We have worked with IPAN as an associate for 20 years. Now we have the opportunity to fully integrate them into the Hill & Knowlton network and to grow inbound and outbound business together in what is one of the most vibrant business markets globally.”

Radhika Shapoorjee, President IPAN, commented: “It’s truly a double delight to become part of a specialist global PR network across 43 countries. And we continue to partner with JWT to provide a 360 degree communication solution to our clients. Hill & Knowlton is one of the most well known and well established PR companies in the world. Its unrivalled expertise, extensive network and innovation in public relations best practice will ensure that standards are raised across India and that our clients and our people will benefit from world class advice, insights and services.”

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