Hon. Monte Solberg Joins Fleishman-Hillard as Senior Advisor



    OTTAWA, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Fleishman-Hillard Canada (FH) announced today the
appointment of Hon. Monte Solberg as Senior Advisor to the firm. Mr. Solberg,
who served as a member of the federal Cabinet from 2006 until October 2008,
will draw on his extensive experience in politics, media and business to
provide senior strategic counsel to organizations and their executive teams
who face important public issues. Based in the firm's Calgary office, he will
work with a wide variety of clients across Canada.
    "We are delighted to have someone of Monte's quality, experience and
depth joining our team," stated Michael von Herff, Regional Director of FH
Canada. "He will offer our clients a unique perspective on the national agenda
and public policy issues at all levels of government - federal, provincial and
municipal. In addition, he is a phenomenal communicator and one of the most
insightful political analysts in the country."
    Mr. Solberg represented the riding of Medicine Hat, Alberta in the
federal Parliament from 1993 to 2008. Prior to the Conservative Party of
Canada's rise to power in 2006, Mr. Solberg served his party as Critic for
Finance, Human Resources Development, National Revenue and Foreign Affairs.
When Stephen Harper was elected Prime Minster of Canada, Mr. Solberg was asked
to serve as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In January 2007,
Mr. Solberg was sworn in as Minster of Human Resources and Social Development.
Mr. Solberg's track record and years of experience will further strengthen
Fleishman-Hillard's capability to counsel clients across all sectors on how to
communicate persuasively and powerfully with the audiences that matter most.
    Consistent with the Federal Accountability Act and the Conflict of
Interest Guidelines pertaining to him, Mr. Solberg will not engage in lobbying
activities on behalf of clients with the federal government.
    "Fleishman-Hillard is a perfect fit for me," stated Mr. Solberg. "As the
pre-eminent public affairs firm in Canada, FH understands that organizations
who want their point of view to prevail with government must make a powerful
and persuasive case to the public and other stakeholders who matter. This
approach completely aligns with my own experience of what works and how the
most effective organizations achieve sustained success."
    Mr. Solberg's appointment coincides with the promotion of Ron Guirguis, a
Senior Partner in Fleishman-Hillard's Ottawa office, to Managing Director,
National Public Affairs. Mr. Guirguis will lead a team of public affairs
experts across every jurisdiction in Canada who specialize in regulatory
affairs, policy and legislative issues, stakeholder relations, and federal,
provincial and municipal government relations.
    Mr. Guirguis will be responsible for leading Fleishman-Hillard's public
affairs activities across the country, and coordinating Canadian efforts with
FH's international network. A seasoned professional with more than 15 years
experience, Mr. Guirguis has been with FH for more than nine years. During
that time, he has led some of the firm's largest and most complex accounts and
delivered exceptional results for clients in a wide range of sectors.
    "I am thrilled to take on this new position at FH and look forward to
leading our exceptional team of professionals in the public affairs realm,"
stated Ron Guirguis. "FH provides a truly unique combination of sectoral
expertise, political insight and robust execution. The addition of Monte
Solberg adds incredible new depth and experience that enhances our ability to
deliver results for clients."

    About Fleishman-Hillard

    Fleishman-Hillard Inc., one of the world's leading public relations
firms, has built its reputation by using strategic communications to deliver
what its clients value most: meaningful, positive, and measurable impact on
the performance of their organizations. The firm is widely recognized for
excellent client service and a strong company culture founded on teamwork,
integrity, and personal commitment. Based in St. Louis, the firm operates
throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, South Africa, and
Latin America through its 80 owned offices. For more information, visit the
Fleishman-Hillard Web site at www.fleishman.com.

    Fleishman-Hillard is a part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:   OMC)
(www.omnicomgroup.com). Omnicom is a leading global advertising, marketing and
corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous
specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying,
interactive, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other
specialty communications services to more than 5,000 clients in more than 100
countries.




For further information:

For further information: Joanne Kearney, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (416)
645-8180, joanne.kearney@fleishman.ca


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