GJW Holdings severs links with controversial clients

GJW Holdings, the parent company of government affairs consultancy GJW Government Relations has relinquished its stake in GJW International, whose controversial clients have included the Libyan government.

GJW Holdings, the parent company of government affairs consultancy

GJW Government Relations has relinquished its stake in GJW

International, whose controversial clients have included the Libyan

government.



GJW Holdings established the company along with Zainab Tawdrous, a PR

consultant specialising in the Middle East, in June 1996.



It has been renamed Strategic Projects International (SPI). SPI’s

shareholders are Tawdrous, who is now managing director, and Anthony

Dalton, now director of international affairs at the agency.



Paul Barnes, a director of GJW Government Relations, said: ’GJW

International dealt with foreign government PR. It was very successful

but went well beyond government relations into broader PR and media

relations, which isn’t what we do.’



GJW’s retention of a series of high profile clients, including Libya,

was seen by GJW Holdings’ management to be at odds with its lower

profile and focus upon government relations.



SPI takes a full list of clients away from the deal, including the

government of Trinidad and Tobago, and that of the Nigerian business

community.



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