Steve Earl and Jon Rhodes launch comms consultancy Boldt in London

Former APCO UK leader Steve Earl is expanding European consultancy Boldt with former KPMG corporate affairs director Jon Rhodes.

(L-R) Steve Earl and Jon Rhodes
(L-R) Steve Earl and Jon Rhodes

European comms consultancy BOLDT has hired former APCO UK and 3 Monkeys Zeno leader Steve Earl and KPMG corporate affairs director Jon Rhodes as partners to launch a London office.

The agency, which was founded in 2017, also has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Oslo and Zurich.

Rhodes and Earl each bring more than 25 years of corporate communications and public policy experience across the energy, financial, food and drink, healthcare, industrial, media, retail, services, technology and travel sectors. 

Earl was previously UK managing director of APCO after founding and growing Edelman-owned Zeno Group’s presence in Europe for seven years.

Rhodes was most recently corporate affairs director at KPMG UK and spent seven years as director of corporate affairs for the European Business Growth Fund. He was previously a partner at Brunswick.

Boldt managing partner Jeremy Galbraith said: “London is the crucial, turbo-charging ingredient Boldt has been looking to add since our foundation. The London office and its leaders will further strengthen the close bonds between our teams, drive international capabilities and be a new force to be reckoned with in both the UK and European markets.

Earl added: “The UK is crying out for a personal, progressive consultancy like Boldt that excludes the operational baggage a larger agency can present and that can apply its best people to the challenges clients acutely need help with. At a time when clients face more uncertainty and larger obstacles than ever before with the COVID-19 aftershock and Brexit transition, Boldt will offer clients in London the best talent when, where and how they need it.”

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