Golin Harris has opened a new office in Paris to serve US- and European-based clients that operate in the French market.
Golin also said the office has its first client, the US-based Florida Department of Citrus, and that it has hired Sophie Ravier as director of the Paris office and to lead senior counsel on the Florida citrus account.
Golin has that account since 1995 as its domestic representative, but the relationship has spread to Canada, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, and France.
Golin CEO and president Fred Cook said the initial impetus was to fully support the Florida account, which was previously handled by former GolinHarris affiliate Beau Fixe.
?We?re doing a lot more pan-European work and need a strong team and task to grow the work across Europe and serve local clients,? Cook said. ?It was time to have our own presence there.?
Prior to joining Golin, Ravier handled in-house communications for brands such as Perrier, Teisseire, and Vittel. She also spent three years as the senior account executive for Sopexa, the marketing arm of France?s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
?She had tremendous background in consumer products and is a dynamic leader,? Harris said.
Chicago-based Golin is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies.