Public affairs consultancy APCO is prowling for top level staff,
and appears to have selected Shandwick as its first target.
Shandwick Washington’s Candida Sampson has joined the agency as a
director, bringing with her 12 years’ experience in PR.
London-based Shandwick director Alan Butler is moving to APCO later this
year from his position in the financial services and telecoms
’We are looking to strengthen our senior management team over the next
several months, to build new practice areas,’ APCO UK MD Nick DeLuca
Sampson, who was a senior vice-president for media relations in
Washington, has been brought in to help grow APCO London’s integrated
She will head APCO’s strategic communications unit, working closely with
Nick Andrews, European managing director of strategic
Butler is expected to be a key player in APCO’s developing financial
services division on an international basis.
While Sampson starts this week, Butler’s start date is yet to be
DeLuca said APCO’s global public affairs covering, with offices in Asia,
the US, Canada as well as across Europe was proving attractive.
APCO, which is headquartered in Washington, DC, is still hunting for
staff, hoping to boost and develop other areas of its business including
competition, trade, healthcare and aviation.
’The market’s changing. There’s been a lot of moving in the public
affairs industry. We want to continue investing in people,’ DeLuca said.