Two new hires make Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ in-house digital offering end-to-end

Toronto, ON – February 22, 2012 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, ranked the country’s No. 1 public relations and public affairs firm, announces two new hires for its digital service team. Bill Doern and Tim Robertson, both from SUM Brand + Design, bring extensive and specialized skill sets to the firm, extending Hill+Knowlton’s social media and digital offering to provide full, in-house end-to-end solutions.

Bill joins the company this week as vice president, digital. A senior strategist who will work with clients to imagine, create and build digital solutions, he can also create engagement strategies using digital and social technologies. Bill ran his own brand design and web development agency for 20 years, and has managed the delivery of content-management systems, communications and technology audits and analyses, website development, Facebook and mobile apps, infographics and other strategic digital content.

Tim – who joins Hill+Knowlton on March 1 – is a web developer who joins the team with 11 years of experience in all facets of web and application development and design across multiple platforms. He creates branded apps and games; does animation and digital video; and can build mobile websites, microsites and more.

From videos and infographics for the social web to web development to Facebook and mobile apps, the agency can now provide a 360-degree approach to digital consulting – taking a project from the audit and strategy phase through to implementation.

“Our core strength in digital until now has been ‘the big idea’ – what to do, when to do it and how to make a huge impact on our clients’ brands, reputations, sales and presence,” explains Boyd Neil, senior vice president and national practice leader, social media and digital communications. “We have sometimes had to rely too heavily on outside support to complete the end-to-end execution of these strategies. We’re excited that we now have the ability to recommend, design and build social and digital assets under our own roof.”

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada
With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (www.hkstrategies.ca) is Canada’s industry leader in strategic communications for both public relations and public affairs. The company specializes in corporate, crisis, consumer marketing, non-profit communications, technology, natural resources, health care, digital communications, public affairs, gaming, financial services and investor relations. Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada – the No. 1-rated communications firm in the country – is a recipient of the Order of Excellence from Excellence Canada and is recognized as one of the 2011 Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc., is a world leader in PR and public affairs, with 86 offices in 47 countries, as well as an extensive associate network; it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) (www.wpp.com), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.

For more information, contact:

Ann-Marie Koumettou
416 413 4649
Annmarie.koumettou@hkstrategies.ca