RUDER FINN GROUP FORMS FINN PARTNERS
May 31, 2011 Vol. 44 No. 21 Ruder Finn Group is spinning off Finn Partners as a separate unit under Peter Finn later this year.
Currently, he shares Co-CEO duties at Ruder Finn Inc. with his sister, Kathy Bloomgarden. Ruder Finn spun off RF|Binder Partners in 2001 under Amy Binder, sister of Peter and Kathy.
As founder and managing partner of Finn Partners, Finn will preside over 160 staffers and $25M in fees. RFG generated $97M in 2010 fees and employed 602 at yearend.
Finn Partners will be housed in RFG’s New York headquarters and move into Ruder Finn Inc. offices in Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Israel.
Finn expects the new venture will thrive in an era in which “innovation and partnership will be strong drivers of the brand.” He has targeted digital/social media, consumer, technology, travel/economic development, corporate and the arts as areas of development.
EIN SUPPORTS PR FOR DSK’S LEGAL TEAM
D.C. PR counselor Marina Ein is working with the legal team of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is under house arrest on sexual assault charges in New York.
William Taylor III of Zuckerman Spaeder in the capital and New York criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman are Strauss-Kahn’s legal reps.
“We have a long-standing relationship with William
W. Taylor III, Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s attorney and we have been assisting Mr. Taylor in managing the process aspect of responding to media inquiries and issuing statements via newswires,” she told O’Dwyer’s.
Ein, who worked PR for former Rep. Gary Condit during the media frenzy amid the disappearance of aide Chandra Levy in 2001, runs an eponymous shop in D.C.
She shot down reports that DSK’s legal team has been in contact with his accuser or her family. “Reports that Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys or representatives are in contact with the complaining witness or her family are false,” she said in a statement on behalf of Taylor.
Ein worked the 2004 release of Doubleday’s incendiary “The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty” by Kitty Kelly ahead of the presidential election that year.
Reuters reported May 23 that Strauss-Kahn’s legal team has reached out to D.C.-based TD International, a business consulting firm run by former CIA operatives, for counsel, as well.