Donolo to join H+K Canada as vice-chairman

Brings decades of communications and government experience

TORONTO, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K) CEO Goldy Hyder and chairman Brian Mersereau announced today that Peter Donolo will join the company as vice-chairman.

Donolo is one of Canada's most experienced communications strategists and a veteran adviser to leaders in corporate Canada and at all three levels of government. He is the longest-serving prime ministerial director of communications in Canadian history (to Prime Minister Jean Chretien), served as a senior executive in the private and public sectors, and also represented Canada abroad as a senior diplomat. He is currently special adviser to the Ontario government on intergovernmental affairs and communications.

As H+K's vice-chairman, Donolo will work as a senior adviser to H+K's senior management and to its clients—focusing on strategic communications and public engagement.  

"Peter's understanding of both the rapidly changing currents of public opinion and the complex decision-making processes of government are an important, and uncommon, combination," says Hyder.  "Our country—and our clients—are facing major transformational challenges when it comes to the economy, the way we now engage audiences, live together in communities, as a society and our place in the world. The skills and experience that Peter brings to H+K will help our clients seize the opportunities inherent in those challenges."

Donolo will report to the firm's chairman, Brian Mersereau.

"Hill+Knowlton Canada is already a leader in creative and innovative public engagement, with a dynamic, energetic team. Peter's seniority and sage advice is the perfect complement," adds Mersereau.

"Hill+Knowlton is the gold standard for strategic public affairs consulting, and I'm delighted to join the team," says Donolo. "I'm particularly excited about the comprehensive nature of the company's service offering. In 2016, the factors that influence the public are extraordinarily multifaceted, so to have an impact on public opinion, a broad and complete range of tools is imperative; that's what H+K is all about, and I can't wait to be part of it."

Peter Donolo joins H+K on July 18, 2016. 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies
With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada is a leader in both public relations and public affairs. Headquartered in Toronto, the company is the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in the country. Its experts specialize in corporate communications, content marketing, research and measurement, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy, technology, health care, social and digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Canada Order of Excellence for Quality from Excellence Canada, it has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 10 consecutive years. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 87 offices in 49 countries as well as an extensive associate network; and it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications services groups.

SOURCE Hill & Knowlton Canada

Image with caption: "Peter Donolo is Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada's new vice-chairman, effective July 18, 2016. (CNW Group/Hill & Knowlton Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160628_C8864_PHOTO_EN_723865.jpg

For further information: Sarah Brandon, (416) 413 4773, Sarah.Brandon@hkstrategies.ca


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