Hill and Knowlton has opened its first Russian office. It will be
headed by Michal Kuzmiak, previously chairman of H&K’s Prague office.
Kuzmiak will remain as non-executive chairman of the Prague office and
Richard Stregl will take over day-to-day management as managing
director. The agency decided to open a Russian office after several new
wins, including Russia’s largest company, the gas utility Gazprom. H&K
has previously worked for Gazprom on a project basis but signed a three
year contract with the company last month to handle worldwide investor
relations and public affairs.