IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies Selected to be HSBC PR Agency

IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, India’s premier strategic communications consultancy, has been awarded the retainer public relations business for HSBC India, the leading provider of financial services.

Following a competitive pitch, IPAN H+K Strategies’ Financial Services team has been selected to handle the entire PR portfolio for HSBC India, including brand awareness, corporate reputation and strategic visibility for its key businesses in India, The account will be run from the Mumbai office, headed by Vinod Moorthy, Senior VP – Mumbai and Head of the Corporate Advisory Group for India at IPAN H+K Strategies.

“The BFSI sector has some unique communications challenges, not least of which is the need for companies to show clear and consistent differentiation and strategic focus,” commented Radhika Shapoorjee, President South Asia, IPAN H+K Strategies. She added “We are delighted to win the HSBC mandate in India, given they have a strong presence in the Indian market as a leading international bank. We look forward to driving their strong value proposition as HSBC sees India as a key strategic market in their global business plans”.

IPAN H+K Strategies has a strong track record in the BFSI sector, having worked extensively with clients such as Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs, Max Life Insurance, Sun Life Financial, Avendus, Policybazaar, Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance, and Sriram Life Insurance Co.

IPAN H+K Strategies, part of global strategic consultancy, H+K Strategies, has been in operation for 25 years in India and works with a wide range of clients across BFSI, IT, auto, entertainment, consumer & lifestyle, providing services such as corporate communications, public affairs, marketing communications, financial communications, crisis & issues management, technology PR, and digital communications.

  

About HSBC India

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in India offers a full range of banking and financial services from its 46 branches in the 25 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, New Delhi, Noida, Pune, Trivandrum, Thane, Vadodara, Visakhapatnam, Raipur, Jodhpur and Mysore, and some 170 ATMs across the country. HSBC has a credit card base of over one million customers in India and is one of the leading credit card merchant acquirers in the Indian credit cards industry. 

About IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies

IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies (www.hkstrategies.in) is the leader in both public relations and public affairs in India. The company is one of the leading and most respected public affairs and public relations firm in the country. It specializes in corporate communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, finance, technology, media & entertainment, and digital communications. IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies has a network of offices in five major cities staffed by 150 skilled PR practitioners. It has wholly owned offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and local affiliations that reach over 100 cities across India.

IPAN merged with Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 2009. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 90 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) (www.wpp.com), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.


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Hill+Knowlton Strategies bolsters India operations with new leadership structure

IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Radhika Shapoorjee promoted to President – South Asia, and Sara Gourlay appointed Chief Operating officer – India

Gurgaon, April 12, 2013 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the leading and most respected public affairs and public relations firms in the world, today announced a new leadership structure in India. These promotions reflect a growing focus on India and Asia by H+K Strategies globally.

  • Radhika Shapoorjee, a member of IPAN H+K Strategies since 2007, has been promoted to President – South Asia, which includes India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. She had served as president of IPAN H+K Strategies since 2008.
  • Sara Gourlay, who joined H+K Strategies in 2000, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for IPAN H+K Strategies, based in New Delhi. She had most recently been serving as the client service director for the region encompassing Africa, India, the Middle East and Turkey, having previously worked with H+K Strategies in Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait and the UK.

Shapoorjee joined IPAN in March 2007 as Vice President, and was elevated to lead the firm as President in March 2008. In 2009, she was instrumental in the integration of IPAN with Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Since then it has been a journey of implementing global best practices, training, and winning businesses for the firm across sectors, including Technology, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, as well as government and industry associations. She has built a strong team that has grown under her leadership, and there has been consistent growth in revenues and profitability for the firm over the years.

As COO, Sara Gourlay will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the businesses across five IPAN H+K Strategies offices, including client servicing and retention, business development, practices development, talent development, and operational management. She brings invaluable experience and the ability to bring unmatched global expertise and processes into India, to strengthen the IPAN H+K Strategies team.

Shapoorjee commented: “I am delighted, and truly privileged to chart out and drive the next phase of growth for IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies in the region. I will also be looking at strategic business initiatives that will expand and enhance our role in the communications industry in India and the South Asian region. We have built a strong leadership team in India, and our local knowledge, experience and talent, infused with international expertise and networks, will go a long way in enhancing our service offering for our clients. I give Sara a warm Indian welcome, and wish her all the best in her new role here, as we embark on our next phase of growth as a global public relations consultancy.”

 “India is a magical, intoxicating and absorbing country, and the opportunity to play a role in driving our business forward in that market is compelling,” Gourlay added. “We have an established team of bright, engaged professionals and an established heritage of excellence in market, and we are looking to build on that to increase our offer for India at a pivotal point in the country’s history. On a personal note, I look forward to being a part of the IPAN H+K Strategies team, a team that has always impressed me with its drive, commitment and ambition.”

About IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies

With five offices across India, IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies (www.hkstrategies.in) is a leader in both public relations and public affairs. The company is one of the leading and most respected public affairs and public relations firm in the country. It specializes in corporate communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, finance, technology, media & entertainment, and digital communications. IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies has a network of offices in five major cities staffed by skilled PR practitioners. It has over 140 people and operations in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and local affiliations that reach over 100 cities across India.

IPAN merged with Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 2009. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 90 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) (www.wpp.com), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.

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IPAN Hill & Knowlton re-brands as IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Leading Indian Public Relations & Communications firm announces new name, brand and website

New Delhi, September 18, 2012: IPAN Hill & Knowlton today announced a change in its name to IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, as part of its global shift in corporate identity. This change is in line with the rebranding of Hill & Knowlton, the leading international communications consultancy.

“The new brand points to a shifting market for our clients, one with an explosion of information and a revolution in the ability of almost everyone to find that information. This democratisation of information is fundamentally changing the way they do business” said Jack Martin, Global Chairman and CEO, Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Radhika Shapoorjee, President, IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, India, said: “The renaming reflects a renewed emphasis on strategic communications advice that ensures a client’s business imperatives are achieved.” Shapoorjee continued, “We believe that the public is at the centre of the client’s business and we can help build a positive influence and sentiment across the various stakeholders backed by research and insight, built upon a rich heritage of our public relations strength.”

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A perspective on India

Welcome to India – The cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition… according to none less than Mark Twain.

Indian history dates back over 5000 years to the Harappan culture, better known as the Indus Valley Civilization. We invented the number system and Aryabhatta created zero which plays such a big role in finance. Our Vedas pioneered aspects of surgery, medicine, music and house building, among various other teachings. The west today swears by yoga, which has its roots to India, where it was a way of life and not a fitness routine.

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IPAN Hill & Knowlton is now IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies

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In line with the global transition of our name from Hill & Knowlton, to H+K Strategies, it gives us great pleasure to announce that IPAN Hill & Knowlton will now be known as IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

 

So what does this name change really mean for us, and the industry?

With the diversity and democratization of publishing today, the public has access to information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — and we and our clients increasingly acknowledge, that as businesses, it is imperative we continually interact with our publics.

But interaction without a deep understanding of our audiences and without a clear communication strategy, is of no use. Which is why, it is our global mandate, as specialists in this area, to provide this wisdom and understanding to our clients, and in turn help publics understand our clients better.

As our Global Chairman and CEO Jack Martin says, “we have to put ‘the public’ back into public relations, in new and engaging ways like never before”.

Our new identity of IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies helps define who we are, and will be a constant reminder of our mandate!

This move also adds to our reputation of offering cutting-edge thinking, and best possible service to our clients – something which has been a tradition for us, at IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, even in our previous avatar!

The Difference Between Brand and Reputation

This white paper explains the clear distinction between ‘Brand’ and ‘Reputation’ and provides an approach for  companies to measure and strengthen both aspects, to build equity with key stakeholders.
“Brand is about me; Reputation is about us” say Peter Zandan, Ph.D., Global Vice Chairman, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Michael Lustina, Ph.D., US Director of Research, Hill+Knowlton Strategies…

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A No-Nonsense Budget: A Macroeconomic Perspective

The Indian Union Budget for 2012-13 was framed in exceptionally difficult times, politically. It therefore needed to attempt only what could be done, for otherwise, the government’s credibility would come into question again.

That limited objective has been achieved, although the decision to make tax laws apply retrospectively in a controversial telecom case is a cause for some worry. For some time at least, FDI may suffer and this is not good for India at all.

The political difficulties of the Government became apparent on March 14 when Mamata Bannerjee demanded the removal of her own senior partyman as Rail Minister because he had attempted tariff reform. It seemed a strange thing to do but the fact is that she doesn’t want to give the CPM any stick to beat her with in West Bengal – and the fare increase was a rather large one.

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A Pre-Budget Perspective: 2012-2013

The Budget for 2012-13 is being framed in exceptionally difficult times. With GDP growth slipping below 7 per cent, the domestic economy is not in good shape and the global economy, barring the US which is showing healthy trends, has become a cause for serious worry.

India faces two major macroeconomic problems: the large fiscal deficit which is a prisoner of competitive populism and its dependence on volatile inflows of money from abroad which can flow out at short notice.

Compounding this is the high inflation, some of which is because of domestic supply shortages and bad monetary policy until a year ago; and some of it is because of high and volatile commodity prices, especially oil.

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India Online – by Radhika Shapoorjee, via Ampersand

India OnlineIndia has long been a country of contradictions; ostentatious wealth and extreme poverty, deep-rooted tradition and modernity, religion and burgeoning consumerism. It is a country recognized by global leaders as a high-tech superpower with major global brands basing their operations here to take advantage of the wealth of IT talent this country nurtures, yet poor infrastructure, lack of connectivity and local language content means that the internet is still viewed by many as a medium for the more affluent sections of society.

However, according to a new report [1], the internet is starting to reach the remote masses in urban India. The number of active internet users rose from 42 million in September 2008, to 52 million in September 2009, registering a year-on-year growth of… read more, via Ampersand >>