GOUDA: GCI Group has bought a majority stake in Van Dantzig and
Lichtenveldt, the ninth-largest Dutch PR company by fee income.
Van Dantzig and Lichtenveldt specialises in corporate PR and public
affairs and is worth about pounds 1.8 million in fees. Its clients
include Jaguar in the Netherlands and Bloemenveiling Aaslmeer, the
world’s largest wholesale flower market.
The agency’s sister firms - Media Training and Consultancy and Verhoef
Comma PR, which specialises in strategic PR implementation - also join
the GCI Group.
Van Dantzig and Lichtenveldt is GCI Group’s second PR outfit in Holland:
it already owns GCI Holland, which is based in Amsterdam and specialises
in consumer PR.
Van Dantzig and Lichtenveldt managing directors Ed van Dantzig and Thijs
Stoffer continue in their current roles, reporting to GCI Europe
chairman Ralf Hering and Martin van der Pal, managing director of GCI’s
parent company, Gray, in the Netherlands.
- GCI Group has joined forces with its South African affiliate Arcay
Communications to form GCI South Africa - the group’s first part-owned
agency in the country and a 50:50 joint venture. The operation will be
led by Arcay managing director Robyn DeVilliers.