Hill + Knowlton Strategies

Nature of Business: Public relations and communications
Website: http://www.hkstrategies.com
825 Third Avenue
New York, NY, 10022 (map)
Fees and Expenses: $104,392

Relationship with Bahrain Government

In December 2011 Hill + Knowlton was hired by Bahrain's General Organisation of Sea Ports to perform "PR Strategy Formulation & Implementation Services".

However, the company has had an office in Manama, Bahrain's capital, since 1985 which describes itself as the "first communications agency office in the Middle East!"

Deputy General Manager Julia Atherton-Dandy provides a useful outline of some of duties Hill + Knowlton presently perform in Bahrain:

In my current role I oversee a team of 18 in Bahrain, in integrated marcomms and public relations communications campaigns for the world's largest consultancy, Hill & Knowlton, recently rebranded as Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Holding a Senior Management position, my exerience covers various sectors including real estate, Government, retail, finance and telecoms. I have led integrated communications campaigns for clients such as the General Organisation of Sea Ports, the Ministry of Works, the Bahrain Financial Exchange, Diyar Al Muharraq, the Bahrain World Trade Center, Capitaland, Seef Properties, Capivest and Halliburton to name a few. I have also been heavily involved in marketing regional social and cultural development entities, having implemented campaigns on behalf the Dubai Ethics Resource Centre, Young Arab Leaders, the Bahrain British Business Group and the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

Fees and Expenses

Since February 2011, Hill+Knowlton have received at least BD 39,393 ($104,392) from the Government of Bahrain.

Date of Hiring

Unknown, although Hill + Knowlton have had an office in Bahrain since 1985. They were most recently contracted in December 2011.

Relevant Personnel

Key Documents

Additional Notes

In May 2011, Hill + Knowlton held a talk in Bahrain "on the role of social media during a crisis", in conjunction with the Bahrain British Business Forum.

Further Reading

  • "How PR Sold the Gulf War", excerpt about Hill+Knowlton from Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry (2002) by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton