Oil Patch Veteran to Lead Fleishman-Hillard's Alberta Team

CALGARY, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Fleishman-Hillard Canada today announced the appointment of John Sparks as senior vice president, partner and general manager of the firm's Calgary office.

Sparks brings with him 30 years of communications, public relations and public affairs experience with leading Canadian and international firms in the manufacturing, natural resources and energy sectors. He joins a seasoned Calgary team that is part of an integrated global firm.

"I'm excited to join the experienced and insightful team at Fleishman-Hillard," says Sparks. "The energy and natural resources sectors -- where I've spent most of my career -- face unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Fleishman-Hillard has the local, national and global bench strength to provide the kind of strategic counsel and timely, innovative execution these sectors need today."

Sparks has worked closely with the leadership of numerous major firms in Canada's oil patch, both as an executive and as an external advisor. In addition to serving as general manager of Fleishman-Hillard's Calgary office, he will take on a national role leading the firm's Natural Resource and Energy practice group and providing strategic counsel to resource companies and their leadership teams.

"John's understanding of the energy business and his first-hand experience in the sector make him an outstanding resource for our clients in Alberta, across Canada and internationally," said Mia Wedgbury, president of Fleishman-Hillard Canada. "John's appointment not only underscores our commitment to the Calgary market, but makes a strong addition to Fleishman-Hillard Canada's experienced senior team, which is committed to providing an alternative communications perspective for Calgary's energy sector."

Fleishman-Hillard opened its first Canadian office in Toronto in 1994 and has since established a national network with additional offices in Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. The firm brings together Canada's most experienced and insightful counselors, working as a tightly integrated team of public affairs, corporate communications, consumer and social media experts with deep expertise in key client sectors.

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.

SOURCE Fleishman-Hillard Canada

For further information: For further information: Mia Wedgbury, President, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (416) 895-7435, mia.wedgbury@fleishman.ca

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