Porter Novelli

NEW YORK, February 6, 2014 — Global public relations leader Porter Novelli announced today that it has expanded its agency network in Europe through a partnership in Ireland with Dublin-based Drury Communications. Drury will join the agency’s global network effective immediately, and will rebrand as Drury Porter Novelli.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Drury for many years, as we share a number of clients across various industries, including consumer, food, health care and technology,” said Sally Ward, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Porter Novelli, and managing director of the company’s London office. “Drury is a leader in Ireland with core strengths in the services necessary to help our clients expand and grow their businesses in the important Irish market. We are delighted to welcome them into our global network.”

For more than 20 years Drury has advised on and delivered effective communications strategies for clients across a wide range of sectors and industries. Drury operates across five key practice areas including corporate communications; consumer and lifestyle; financial; health care communications; project communications; and public affairs.

“Drury is joining a leading multinational network with the resources, expertise and reach to serve major global brands,” said Anne-Marie Curran, managing director of Drury. “Porter Novelli has the passion and hands-on senior leadership that pairs brilliantly with our own entrepreneurial spirit. On behalf of the team at Drury we look forward to a long-term, prosperous and mutually beneficial relationship.”

As part of the new partnership, Ward has been appointed a non-executive director of Drury.

Drury’s areas of expertise also include brand communications, B2B communications, corporate responsibility, community relations, crisis management, event management, executive visibility, idea generation workshops, industrial relations, internal communications, litigation communications, media relations, media training, online communications, reputation management, social and digital media, sponsorship support and strategic planning.

“It is critical that we have a network presence in key markets where our clients need us,” added Ward. “We are seeing more and more opportunities coming from Ireland both in terms of new business as well as expansion from existing clients. With Drury we have a partner with the experience, expertise and enthusiasm for building business that perfectly matches our own.”

Both Drury and Porter Novelli are owned by New York-headquartered Omnicom Group, Inc.