Pelham eyes City's top tier after WMC merger

David Wynne-Morgan, fam­ous for representing the Lockerbie bomber, is merging his agency WMC with City firm Pelham PR. The move has been designed to create a consultancy with the stature to compete in the top tier of City PR.

Merger: Wynne-Morgan and Henderson to join forces
Merger: Wynne-Morgan and Henderson to join forces

Wynne-Morgan is expec­ted to merge WMC before the end of the year and will become Pelham’s chairman.

WMC brings with it a client list including private equity firm Texas Pacific and Singaporean investment vehicle Temasek Holdings (see related article).

‘In the three years since the agency was founded we have had impressive growth. This merger will help us become the new big player on the block,’ claimed Pelham MD James Henderson.

The combined agencies will have a fee income of £4m-£5m. Henderson, a former College Hill Associates partner, founded Pelham in 2004. He was joined by partners Charles Vivian, Chelsea Hayes and Mark Kerr-Smiley.

Wynne-Morgan was for­mer president and CEO of Hill & Knowlton Europe, and has run or owned PR agencies for half a century. He adv­ised Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who was jailed for life in January 2001 after being found guilty of planting a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103. Wynne-Morgan was also offered a contract to work with the Bin Laden family after September 11.

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