Kellogg dishes up a greater role for H&K

Cereal market leader Kellogg has appointed its UK PR agency Hill and Knowlton to work right across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Cereal market leader Kellogg has appointed its UK PR agency Hill

and Knowlton to work right across Europe, the Middle East and

Africa.



The move is a massive boost for the agency, which has worked for Kellogg

in this country since the early 1970s.



The expansion of H&K’s brief for Kellogg, won after a pitch against

Burson-Marsteller, represents a reversal of strategy for the company.

Previously it has been keen to maintain a de-centralised agency

structure, with various local agencies working on single

country-orientated work.



Hill and Knowlton is recruiting for more senior staff to work on the

account, which will involve 27 H&K offices. They will report to the

agency’s chairman of European marketing communications practice MaryLee

Sachs who led the H&K pitch team with Wendy Mair, divisional managing

director of food and lifestyle.



The agency is reporting to Kellogg’s Paris-based European manager of

nutritional affairs Anne-Laure Gassin, reflecting the company’s

increasing focus on the nutritional benefits of Kellogg’s products in

its communications.



’The purpose of appointing the H&K network is to lever the power of

public relations in building the Kellogg brand equity across Europe,’

said Gassin.



’We are confident that by consolidating our communications approach with

H&K’s network, we will gain from the strength and benefits of a regional

approach.’



Hill and Knowlton has been increasing its grip on Kellogg’s

international public relations over the past few years, picking up

accounts in France, Italy, China and Australia.



Porter Novelli is Kellogg’s main PR agency in the US, its home country,

where it also works with H&K.



Bringing PR across Europe under one agency network follows a pattern

already set on the advertising side, where two agencies - Leo Burnett

and J Walter Thompson - are responsible for creating Kellogg’s

advertising worldwide.



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