Hanover today launched its Middle East office, headquartered in Dubai. The launch follows Hanover’s recent appointment as communication advisors on a number of high-profile projects in the UAE. Managing Director Jonty Summers will lead this next phase of the consultancy’s international expansion, which follows the launch of its Dublin office in January.
Hanover Middle East will provide strategic communications services to businesses in the region and to GCC clients requiring EMEA market access. The practice will focus on leadership advisory, strategic counsel, crisis and issues management and creative content development. Hanover’s track record of sectoral expertise lies in areas of core importance to the Middle East, including healthcare, energy, infrastructure, industrials, technology and financial services.
Jonty Summers, previously regional director of Edelman’s corporate practice in South Asia, Middle East and Africa, has been based in the Middle East for eight years. Summers, who has more than two decades of strategic communications experience, will be joined by Keri Sutherland, Associate Director, who will transfer from Hanover London’s Corporate team. A former investigative journalist for The Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and Channel 4 Dispatches, Keri is a specialist in crisis and issues, reputation management and the energy sector.
Hanover’s advisory presence is supported by special adviser, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, former Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary for the UK, who is currently based in the United Arab Emirates.
The announcement is the latest in a string of new ventures for Hanover Group which includes offices in London, Brussels and Dublin, Multiple, a strategic consultancy for leaders of fast growth businesses and creative agency The Playbook, both headquartered in London.
Managing Director Middle East Jonty Summers said: “Hanover’s ability to provide regional businesses and their leaders with specialist corporate communications and strategic public affairs intelligence and counsel to help them navigate complex challenges of regional and international business is unparalleled.”
Charles Lewington, Chief Executive of Hanover Group, said: “As Dubai grows in standing as a global centre for business, organisations increasingly require specialist advisers who can support them in protecting their reputations and promoting their market proposition as they take advantage of the cross-border market dynamics that characterise the modern world of business.”
Lewington added: “Jonty Summers is a natural fit with Hanover’s entrepreneurial flair. He is a superb client advisor and has a proven track record of building out regional offices, having previously established another European consultancy in the UAE before joining Edelman.”