WASHINGTON: International public affairs network Interel has launched the Interel Washington Group, expanding its stateside footprint.
The firm said in a statement that it has brought on principals from four firms as partners: Richard Pombo and William Sellery of Gavel Resources, Peter Peyser of Peyser Associates, Alex Slater of Clyde Group, and Drohan Management Group’s Bill Drohan.
Those four firms will become part of the Interel Global Partnership.
The network’s Washington, DC, presence is led by Jason Jarrell, US director and head of its global practice, and Benno van der Laan, director for the European Union and Latin America.
Jarrell said the Washington network wants to offer clients "a one-stop shop for large multinational, US-based companies looking outward" that need support internationally, and vice-versa.
He added that some companies have a "public affairs gap," noting that while they may have strong domestic government or public affairs expertise, they have a majority of revenue coming in from overseas markets. Therefore, they need to brush up on public affairs abroad.
The network said in a statement that the decision to bring on more partners "reflects growing demand from US and international clients for an integrated approach to public affairs and government relations."
Its clients include Nissan, SABMiller, Mary Kay, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.