Fleishman-Hillard Canada Continues to Grow with Addition of Lisa Merrithew

    OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Fleishman-Hillard Canada is pleased to
announce the appointment of Lisa Merrithew as Senior Vice President in the
firm's Ottawa office. Merrithew's addition reflects the continued growth of
the company's public affairs and communications business across Canada.
    "We are delighted to have someone of Lisa Merrithew's stature and quality
joining Fleishman-Hillard," said Michael von Herff, Senior Partner and
Regional Director Canada of Fleishman-Hillard. "Her outstanding track record
in corporate communications and her wealth of experience in national politics
and government, makes her a natural fit for our team in Ottawa."
    Merrithew has occupied a variety of leadership roles in business,
politics and government. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to
New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord. Prior to that, she worked in various
capacities in the communications consulting business - first as a member of
the leadership team of a Halifax-based public relations agency and later as
the managing director of the New Brunswick PR practice of another prominent
Atlantic strategic communications firm. In addition to her responsibilities in
Ottawa, Merrithew will devote particular attention to continuing to build
Fleishman-Hillard's business in Atlantic Canada. She also joins the firm's
National Management Committee.
    "Lisa strengthens our capability to serve national clients who face
complex public affairs and strategic communications challenges," concluded von
Herff. "Her understanding of the business and political realities in Atlantic
Canada will be a particular asset for those clients operating in the region or
those Atlantic Canadian businesses wishing to advance their interests

    About Fleishman-Hillard Canada

    Fleishman-Hillard Canada is the country's leading full-service
communications and public affairs firm. We bring together all of the
consulting disciplines required to help communicate persuasively and
powerfully with the audiences that matter most to our clients. Our Canadian
network includes offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver,
as well as affiliates in Atlantic Canada. For more information, visit
    Fleishman-Hillard Canada is part of Fleishman-Hillard Inc., one of the
world's leading public relations firms. 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, Latin America, Australia, and South
Africa through its 80 owned offices.
    Fleishman-Hillard is a part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:   OMC). 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, direct and promotional marketing, public
relations, and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients
in more than 100 countries.

For further information:

For further information: Michael von Herff, FH Canada Inc., (613)
238-2090, michael.vonherff@fleishman.ca

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