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