Global communications network Havas has acquired Singapore-based financial and strategic communications consultancy Klareco Communications as it looks to strengthen its global strategic communications advisory arm, H/Advisors, in Asia-Pacific.
Recognised as a global hub for business development and innovation, Singapore will be a critical base for H/Advisors to steer its international clients through this macroeconomic environment, it said in a statement. It will also further strengthen Havas’ presence in Singapore through its integrated Village approach, adding new capabilities to better serve its clients.
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The addition of Klareco Communications represents an important next step in H/Advisors’ strategic growth plan. On closing, the agency will be renamed H/Advisors Klareco. This strategic move aligns with the increasing demand of clients seeking diversified and comprehensive support in their transformation journeys.
H/Advisors Klareco and its senior management team will take on a significant role within the strategic advisory network, it said. The local leadership includes CEO and co-founder Ang Shih-Huei, and managing director and co-founder Mark Worthington who will join the Asia board to help direct and lead the expansion of H/Advisors in Asia-Pacific.
“Our partnership with Klareco allows us to draw on their breadth of experience and knowledge of the Asian market as we continue to expand our Havas presence in APAC. We are delighted to welcome the well-respected Klareco team onboard and look forward to achieving great things together,” said Yannick Bolloré, chairman and global CEO, Havas.
“As an independent firm, we have already been working with some of the largest MNCs and leading Asian headquartered companies," added Ang Shih-Huei, CEO and co-founder of H/Advisors Klareco.
"H/Advisors allows us to deepen our core communications offering across corporate, financial, digital and public affairs, and expand our expertise in fast growing areas such as sustainability and change communications, to ensure we continue to deliver best practice for our clients. Our teams are excited for this new chapter ahead."
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