LONDON: Technology PR agency Lewis is investing pounds 1million in
setting up eight international offices to facilitate cross border
The money will be spent in the coming year to fund recruitment, office
setup costs and infrastructure.
Three offices are planned for Europe - in Maastrict, Milan and
A further five wll be created in the US - in Austin, Boston, Chicago,
Raleigh and San Jose.
’We have reported record growth figures for revenue and profitability in
the last financial year, largely due to being able to take account
opportunities across borders,’ said operations director Ilona Hitel. ’We
traditionally use partner agencies, but as the industry get busier, it
makes sense to strengthen our global offering.’
ISDN manufacturer Herm-stedt and internet service provider Eloyaty are
among Lewis’ clients looking to expand their international PR.
Dutch national Yvonne Pettenkofer has been appointed to head the
Maastrict office. Appointments are yet to be made at the other offices.
It is expected up to 50 new posts will be created, most of which will be
filled by existing Lewis staff. The head of each office will report to
Lewis reported fee income of almost pounds 2 million in 1999, an
increase of 50 percent on the previous year.