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Havas strengthens global strategic communications arm with acquisition of Klareco Communications

SINGAPORE — Creative network Havas has acquired Klareco Communications, Singapore’s homegrown agency, and Southeast Asia’s leading corporate, financial, and strategic communications consultancy, to strengthen its global strategic communications advisory arm, H/Advisors, in Asia Pacific.

This acquisition comes at a time when corporate reputation holds unprecedented significance. As institutions and individuals face complex challenges posed by climate change, technological advancements, and geopolitical events, communicating strategically and protecting reputations on a global scale has become more crucial than ever. Recognized 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 will also further strengthen Havas’ presence in Singapore through its integrated Village approach, adding new capabilities to better serve its clients.

Headquartered in Singapore, with a power base in Southeast Asia, 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. The agency is a trusted advisor to world-leading multinationals and Asia headquartered companies, known for its award-winning work across the full spectrum of communications from protecting and elevating corporate reputations, advising on some of Singapore’s largest financial transactions and tackling the most complex business challenges such as cyber attacks.

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This addition represents another significant milestone, following the successful launch of H/Advisors in Dubai earlier this year and the recent acquisitions of Australian Public Affairs, one of Australia’s most prominent and successful public affairs agencies, and Cunha Vaz & Associados, Portugal’s leading PR and communications consultancy. Within one year of reorganizing, H/Advisors has evolved into a dynamic global network, present in 23 countries with 1,500 experts, becoming not only a leader in financial communications but also in public affairs and transformation advisory. 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. 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.

Yannick Bolloré, Chairman and Global CEO at Havas and Chairman Vivendi said, “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 AIPAC. We are delighted to welcome the well-respected Klareco team onboard and look forward to achieving great things together.”

Stéphane Fouks, Executive Chairman at H/Advisors and Vice President at Havas, commented, “2023 has been an outstanding year of growth for H/Advisors, with the opening of our Dubai office and the acquisitions of CV&A (Portugal) and APA (Australia) and now our partnership with Klareco, which will strengthen our offering not only in APAC but globally. Klareco is the leading communications advisory in Southeast Asia, and we are delighted to welcome Shih-Huei, Mark, and the talent and experience they will bring to H/Advisors.”

Ang Shih-Huei said, “As an independent firm, we have already been working with some of the largest MNCs and leading Asian headquartered companies. 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.”

“We are delighted to partner with H/Advisors to enhance our standing as a landing point for international firms coming to, or expanding in Asia. Increasingly, boards and management face complex communications challenges as they expand internationally. We are excited to build on our offering to support these challenges, ensuring we have expertise and relationships in the markets our clients need,” concluded Mark Worthington, Managing Director and Co-founder of H/Advisors Klareco.

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