Finn Partners Acquires Johnson King
October 8, 2014
I am very pleased to announce that Finn Partners has acquired Johnson King, a highly respected European Tech agency. Technology is one of the largest practice areas within Finn Partners, and this move significantly strengthens our global team in this sector. The key word here is “global” - as the Johnson King relationship now expands our team in London, but also extends our physical presence to Paris and Munich, and brings our combined team to 30 across the three offices.
It was only a year ago that Claire Ayles, Flora Haslam and Mike King, the owners of Johnson King, decided that an important next step in the firm’s development was to become part of a larger agency. They spoke with a number of agencies who were interested in acquiring their firm, and I am very pleased that they decided that Finn Partners is the right fit. Throughout our discussions, I have been repeatedly impressed with the deep expertise the Johnson King team has in the technology sector.
I have also been impressed with their culture and commitment to excellence.
Again and again, Johnson King has been named a best place to work in the PR agency world. Mike King and his colleagues share our commitment to creating a positive culture – with opportunities for professional development and growth. It is this shared mission of being a ‘best place to work’ that enables us to retain and attract the best talent, and do our very best work for our clients.
Chantal Bowman-Boyles, whom we hired to open our London office in early 2012, will now head up Europe for Finn Partners, and I’m excited to work with her, the Johnson King team, and all of Finn Partners to continue to build our presence and diversify our practices globally.
Finn Partners officially launched in December of 2011. A spirit of partnership and collaboration have been core drivers of our company vision. Since our launch we have been named “new agency of the year”, “best place to work” and “mid-sized agency of the year”. We have been listed as one of the fastest growing PR agencies in the world and today we have a staff of 350 working out of 12 offices in key markets around the US and internationally, with strong practices in technology, education, travel and leisure, consumer, public and global affairs, the arts and publishing, all complemented by a very strong digital and creative services team.
We are excited by the path we are on, and look forward to continuing to build Finn Partners into one of the most dynamic PR agencies in the world.