Finsbury Glover Hering grows DC presence by acquiring Harbour Group

The deal expands the global consultancy’s Washington, D.C. and global practice areas.

Joel Johnson, partner and DC office head, Finsbury Glover Hering

WASHINGTON: Finsbury Glover Hering has acquired public affairs firm the Harbour Group. 

The deal closed on Wednesday. Eleven Harbour employees will move into FGH’s Washington, DC, office, working across practice groups.

Harbour senior executives Richard Marcus, and two other MDs, Richard Mintz and Matt Triaca, are joining FGH as partners. 

Joel Johnson, partner and head of the DC office at FGH, formerly a senior adviser for policy and communications under President Bill Clinton, cofounded Harbour Group with Marcus in 2001. Johnson left Harbour in 2005 to join Glover Park Group, one of FGH’s predecessor agencies. 

Harbour, which has experience advising foreign governments and businesses and navigating the political, business and policy landscape in the U.S., will enhance FGH’s global capabilities, Johnson said in a statement.

FGH recruited Washington Post journalist Anne Gearan, who starts in mid-October, and EPA veteran David Bloomgren to boost its energy and sustainability practice.

FGH was formed this year via the merger of WPP agencies Finsbury, Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener. Finsbury and Hering Schuppener began a partnership in 2016 and were joined by Glover Park the following year. FGH reportedly is in advanced talks to buy fellow strategic communications shop Sard Verbinnen.

FGH has more than 800 employees and 19 offices in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

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