INTERNATIONAL: Shandwick buys DC crisis management agency

WASHINGTON DC: Shandwick International has bought Rowan and Blewitt (R&B), a crisis management firm which operates in the US capital.

WASHINGTON DC: Shandwick International has bought Rowan and Blewitt

(R&B), a crisis management firm which operates in the US capital.



The move is a further boost to Shandwick’s DC office, which earlier this

month trebled in size with the acquisition of public affairs group

Cassidy Companies for between pounds 43 and pounds 50 million.



R&B claims to have worked with more than 30 of the Fortune 100

companies.



It employs 25 full time consultants, and clients include Exxon, General

Motors, Eastman Kodak, Bic and Novartis.



R&B was founded 15 years ago by former NBC television correspondent Ford

Rowan and former newspaper reporter and corporate spokesman Rich

Blewitt.



Blewitt remains president of R&B, which will retain its brand name, and

both he and Rowan will be executive vice presidents of Shandwick

International.



They will report to Shandwick US chief executive Michael

Petruzzello.



’Being our size does not enable us to fully serve an international

corporation the way we will be able to as part of Shandwick,’ said

Blewitt.



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