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Seasoned Expert Promoted to Lead Service Offering at H+K

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>David Rodier now group leader of new Ottawa-based public sector communications group</i> </p>

Monday, September 30, 2013

Seasoned Expert Promoted to Lead Service Offering at H+K

13:32 EDT Monday, September 30, 2013

OTTAWA, Ontario (Business Wire) -- Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K)—the country's top-rated public relations and public affairs firm—is pleased to announce the promotion of David Rodier to group leader of its public sector communications group, effective immediately.

“With more than 20 years' experience providing policy and strategic communications counsel to senior leaders from the federal government, national NGOs and the private sector, David has the experience, connections and insight to create powerful results for clients,” says Jackie King, senior vice-president and general manager of H+K Ottawa.

Although David will focus on federal government accounts, he will work with H+K's national network to ensure public sector clients in every province have access to his expertise.

Hill+Knowlton Ottawa has a well-earned reputation as a trusted advisor to federal government departments and agencies with a portfolio of assignments dating back 30 years. The public sector communications team offers strategic counsel, evaluation and research programs, crisis and issues management support, social media expertise, media and presentation training, as well as media relations and event management services. Working closely with H+K's public engagement group, it will also develop integrated solutions for clients at all levels of government.

“Our strong government communications consultancy is bolstered by David's unique mix of policy knowledge and public relations expertise,” adds King. “A dedicated public sector communications group better positions us to bring best practices to every facet of our government work, adding tremendous value for our clients and the stories we can help them tell.”

Prior to joining H+K in 2010, David spent six years managing the Ottawa office of another communications firm. He has provided media and presentation training to hundreds of spokespeople from more than 70 organizations. Before joining the consulting world, David spent seven years as a senior political advisor to Minister Allan Rock, where he played a key role in the adoption of the global, precedent-setting picture warning systems on cigarette packaging that has now been implemented by more than 65 countries.

David has a B.A. in history from McGill University and LLB from the University of Ottawa, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada

With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leader in both public relations and public affairs. The company is the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in Canada. It specializes in corporate communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy, technology, health care, digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Order of Excellence from Excellence Canada, it is also recognized as one of the 2012 Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 89 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups.

Hill+Knowlton Canada
Giacomo Grisanzio, 416-413-4692

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