INTERNATIONAL: Weber purchase offers McGinn chance to grow

ARLINGTON: Weber Public Relations Worldwide has added another string to its bow with the acquisition of public affairs specialist Ryan McGinn.

ARLINGTON: Weber Public Relations Worldwide has added another

string to its bow with the acquisition of public affairs specialist Ryan

McGinn.



The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.



Ryan McGinn is the fifth agency to be purchased by Weber since it was

bought by ad agency McCann-Erickson Worldwide in December 1996. Based

near Washington DC in Arlington, Virginia, the firm will be known as

Weber/Ryan McGinn.



With a 40-strong staff Ryan McGinn has a projected revenue of around

pounds 4.7 million in 1998. Thefirm was founded in 1987 by Dan McGinn

and Charles Ryan and provides government, community and media relations,

litigation support and crisis communications. Clients include General

Motors, Texaco and 3M.



McGinn will remain as president of Weber/Ryan McGinn and take on

responsibility for building the agency into a global public affairs

practice. He has specialised in crisis communications and dispute

resolution, coaching Fortune 500 chief executives and top health care

administrators in leadership, management and media strategies. Charles

Ryan remains a consultant with the company.



’Merging with an established, full service agency such as Weber allows

us to offer our clients a broader array of talent and capabilities and

accelerate our growth by offering our public affairs expertise across a

wider range of clients,’ said McGinn.



Weber’s last acquisition was hi-tech agency the Neva Group in January

(PR Week, 16 January 1998). Last February McCann-Erickson bought the The

Ludgate Group, which it merged with Weber, closely followed by the

purchase of hi-tech specialist Technology Solutions. In September last

year Weber bought Miami-based PR agency Ruben Barney.



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