From intern to general manager, Jackie King takes the helm

TORONTO, ON – December 14, 2012 – Mike Coates, chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K), the country’s No. 1-rated PR and government relations firm, announces the promotion of one of the company’s best success stories, Jackie King.

Jackie is promoted to general manager, Ottawa, overseeing its government relations, PR, public engagement and procurement groups, and now joins the firm’s national senior management team. She will continue as the Canadian lead for the global change and internal communications practice group, an area of expertise that she has grown into one of the firm’s national specialties.

“Jackie represents the best of H+K, and what is possible for those who personify commitment and conviction,” says Goldy Hyder, president of H+K Canada. “Her tireless and selfless efforts on behalf of both her colleagues and her clients made her the natural choice to become Ottawa’s general manager.”

Jackie started her H+K career nearly 15 years ago as an intern after completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton University and an honours diploma in PR from Algonquin College. Her proven skills and knack for all facets of PR and corporate communications earned her progressive promotions. In 2008, Jackie started managing the communications group in the Ottawa office and has helped it become the Ottawa region’s largest public relations consultancy, integrated with national accounts across the H+K network.

“The journey from intern to general manager is a long and difficult one – not for the faint of heart, nor those lacking in spirit. Jackie has earned the trust and confidence of everyone in Ottawa through the excellence of her example. I could not have hoped or asked for a better successor,” adds Hyder.

While at H+K, Jackie completed the rigorous Canadian Securities Course and the prestigious strategic management of investor relations program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Jackie has worked, and will continue to work, with clients in several industries and sectors, including: government, health, financial, trade, energy, renewable fuels, natural resources, aerospace and defence, technology, transportation and non-profit.

“It is a remarkable honour to have the opportunity to lead the H+K Ottawa team,” says King. “We have one of the strongest and most talented teams in the country, and I am confident that our office will remain at the forefront of public affairs, public relations, public engagement and procurement expertise.”

Jackie’s appointment is effective January 1, 2013, and comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Mike Coates has assumed the role of chairman and CEO of H+K, with Goldy Hyder – former Ottawa general manager – promoted to president.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada
With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is Canada’s industry leader in strategic communications for both public relations and government relations.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 government relations, with 83 offices in 46 countries, as well as an extensive associate network; it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.


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Selena Cameron

Hill+Knowlton Canada


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