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1299 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004

202/778-1000; fax: 202/466-6002

[email protected]

Employees: 959. Founded: 1984.

Agency Statement:

APCO is an advisory and advocacy communications consultancy helping leading public and private sector organizations be catalysts for progress by navigating the challenges of today, acting with agility, anticipating social risk and building organizational reputations, relationships and solutions to succeed.

APCO is proudly an independent and majority women-owned business. Most importantly, we are a trusted partner to our clients, who hire us to help them anticipate, plan, execute and secure their futures through our robust global expertise and astute advisory counsel; creative and impactful advocacy programs; and purposeful and effective communications.

•Corporate Communication
•Creative & Advertising
•Crisis & Litigation
•Government Relations & Public Affairs
•Internal Communications & Employee Engagement
•M&A & Competition
•Marketing Communication
•Media Relations
•Research, Analytics & Measurement
•Sustainability & Social Impact

Brad Staples, global CEO; Margery Kraus, founder & exec. chmn.; Kelly Williamson, pres., North America

1250 Broadway, 31st flr., New York, NY 10010
212/300-1800; fax: 212/300-1819; [email protected]
Pamela Passman, chief of corporate & mng. dir., New York

Rue Montoyer 47, 5th flr., Brussels 1000, Belgium
32-2-645-9811; fax: 32-2-645-9812; [email protected]
Paolo Compostella, pres., Europe

104, Block B, Office Park Bldg., Dubai Internet City, PO BOX 500746, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
971-4-361-3333; [email protected]
Mamoon Sbeih, pres., Middle East & North Africa

Suite 903, Tower C, Office Park, No.5, Jinghua South St., Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, China
86-10-6505-5127; [email protected];
Anne Wang, COO, Greater China
81-3-6457-9702; [email protected]
Masayo Nagai, mng. dir., Japan; chmn., Asia

137 Market St., #16-01, Singapore 048943, Singapore
65-6922-0555; fax: 011-65-6735-3077; [email protected]
JJ Lee, mng. dir., Southeast Asia

Clients Include:

Blockchain for Europe
Educational Testing Service
G42 Healthcare
Healthcare Distribution Association
International Copper Association
Lumina Dx
Gilead Sciences
North Carolina Community College System
Portland Cement Association
Reckit Benckiser
Tetra Pak

APCO in the news with O'Dwyer's:

Health Firms Post Paltry 2.6% Growth in '23

Fri., Apr. 12, 2024

...paltry 2.1 percent rise to $1.5B in 2023.  Half the group (Real Chemistry, Ruder Finn, APCO , imre and Crosby) posted gains while the rest (Inzio Evoke, Edelman, Spectrum, Finn Partners...

NYC PR Firms Largest Slice of O'Dwyer's Rankings

Tue., Apr. 9, 2024

...with 14 in Chicago, including chart-topper Edelman ($100.9M). Columbus, Ohio-based Fahlgren Mortine ($39.2M) and APCO 's Chicago office ($28.6M) round out the top three Midwest firms. Tinseltown's top star is Edelman's LA...

APCO Promotes Saudi Arabia Tourism

Tue., Apr. 9, 2024

... APCO has signed on to promote this month’s visit of Ahmed Al Khateeb, head of...

APCO Adds Geopolitical Risk Pro Torrens

Tue., Mar. 12, 2024

... Chris Torrens APCO has named Chris Torrens, a geopolitical risk and compliance veteran, as managing director of...

On the Move: MP&F Hires Vince Skyers as Exec Creative Director

Thu., Mar. 7, 2024

...we bring to the table for our clients in the way of creative storytelling.”  Tristan Lemonnier APCO names Tristan Lemonnier, who has nearly 15 years of experience in public policy, integrated...

On the Move: APCO's Camarco Unit Names Cohen Tech Leader

Wed., Feb. 28, 2024

... Marc Cohen Camarco, the London-based financial and corporate communications shop owned by APCO , names Marc Cohen to lead its technology sector team as senior director. Cohen comes...

APCO Rebrands to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Wed., Feb. 21, 2024

... APCO has launched a new brand identity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Washington-based...

NI's Allison Takes Gagen MacDonald Post

Tue., Feb. 13, 2024

...Allison, who most recently was head of global communications at National Instruments, has joined APCO Worldwide’s Gagen MacDonald unit as managing director. Prior to NI, Allison spent 16 years at...

H&K’s Global PA Chair Shifts to Teneo

Tue., Feb. 6, 2024

...on EU and transatlantic affairs. He also was executive director for government relations at APCO Worldwide. At Teneo, Maze-Sencier succeeds Olivier Jay, who will remain honorary chair and senior managing...

Fernandez Takes Healthcare Post in Berkshires

Mon., Jan. 15, 2024

... Nelson Fernandez Nelson Fernandez, former North American chair of APCO Worldwide and managing director of Burson-Marsteller, has joined Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as director...

State Dept. Vet Ghori-Ahmad to Lead APCO’s PA Push

Thu., Jan. 11, 2024

...Clinton and John Kerry, has signed as senior director and global PA lead at APCO Worldwide’s Washington office. She also served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,...

On the Move: Gilley Takes Over as Clarity CEO

Thu., Jan. 11, 2024

...strategies for international, regional and UAE-based tech firms. He previously held various positions at APCO Worldwide, mainly working on government affairs projects. Hannah Guenther, who was based in NY,...

PR Firms Seek to Regain Financial Footing

Fri., Dec. 29, 2023

...running for his old House seat that was occupied by the disgraced George Santos. • APCO Worldwide scoops up Gagen MacDonald, the 25-year-old Chicago-based organizational communications engagement specialist. Maril MacDonald...

News of Firms: APCO Worldwide Unveils Margy

Tue., Nov. 7, 2023

... APCO Worldwide launches Margy, a form of adaptive intelligence that applies the collective knowledge and...

Ukraine Must Step Up its PR Fight

Thu., Oct. 26, 2023

...Dubai, a fossil fuels powerhouse. It promises to be a lively affair. Where do we sign? APCO Worldwide unveiled a climate and biodiversity practice on Oct. 23, just ahead of COP28. Its...

Kekst CNC, Greenbrook Drive SVP’s Parking Lot Deal

Tue., Oct. 24, 2023

... Kekst CNC represents Strategic Value Partners as the Greenwich CT-based alternative investment firm acquires APCO A Parking Holdings in Stuttgart. ...

Rupert Isn't Going Anywhere

Fri., Sep. 22, 2023

...of absence from Edelman, where she was US CEO. She joined Edelman in 2017 from APCO Worldwide, where she was the managing director of the firm’s DC office, and previously...

On the Move: Trailrunner Hires Edelman's Hand

Fri., Sep. 22, 2023

...strategy + executive thought leadership at Rogers & Cowan PMK and a VP at APCO Worldwide. She will guide clients in effectively communicating complex mobility and electrification technologies. "The...

H+K Puts Claire Li in Charge of China

Thu., Aug. 31, 2023

...corporate communications practice in Hong Kong, and did stints in China for FleishmanHillard and APCO Worldwide. “Claire has a proven track record developing rich, transformational communication strategies for some of...

Ex-Congressman Towns Reps Ethiopia

Thu., Aug. 3, 2023

...Advisors, joins Towns in representing Ethiopia. Grey Global Advisors is serving as a subcontractor to APCO Worldwide on the Ethiopia business. It receives a monthly fee of $20K under the one-year...

Ravaged Ethiopia Reaches for APCO

Tue., Aug. 1, 2023

... APCO Worldwide has inked an open-ended contract to provide strategic communications and media relations services...

On the Move: APCO Ups Crowder, DoCanto

Mon., Jul. 31, 2023

... Courtney Crowder, Licy M. Do Canto APCO Worldwide promotes Courtney Crowder to North America managing director and chair of advocacy and Licy M. Do Canto to...

Invariant Adds BCW’s Gallagher 

Wed., Jul. 26, 2023

...sustainability, transportation and crisis clients. He joined the WPP unit after a ten-year run at APCO Worldwide, where Gallagher headed the midwest and west regions.  Gallagher also served as ...

News of Firms: Qorvis Expands in Middle East

Tue., Jul. 25, 2023

...for 25 years as senior media strategist for Edelman's global technology practice. Hedgecoth is APCO Worldwide chief communication and marketing officer, Hedgecoth leading the firm’s global marketing effort as...

On the Move: Former APCO VP Jahn to Run Comms at Encina

Wed., Apr. 26, 2023

...Jahn Encina Development Group, a producer of circular chemicals (which incorporate recycled materials), hires former APCO Worldwide VP of strategic communications Alison Jahn as chief communications officer. Jahn comes to...

APCO Adds Apple Alum Brown

Mon., Apr. 10, 2023

... Kelly Mullens Brown APCO Worldwide has added Kelly Mullens Brown as a senior director for corporate brand strategy. Brown...

Health PR Firms Post 24.8% '22 Growth

Thu., Apr. 6, 2023 No. 4 Spectrum. The firms ranked seven through 10 posted declines in fee income. APCO Worldwide decreased 7.7 percent to $33.9M, ICR dipped 13.7 percent to $31.9M, imre fell...

Climate Pro Davidson Comes on Board at APCO Worldwide

Wed., Apr. 5, 2023

...Change Conference (COP26) president Alok Sharma and was a managing director at Teneo, joins APCO Worldwide as a senior director. As communications adviser to Sharma, Davidson provided key counsel leading...

News of Firms: APCO Worldwide Acquires Camarco

Tue., Mar. 28, 2023

... APCO Worldwide acquires London-based financial communications firm Camarco. Camarco’s team of more than 40 client-facing experts...

APCO Worldwide Scoops Up Gagen MacDonald

Thu., Mar. 16, 2023

... APCO Worldwide has acquired Gagen MacDonald, the 25-year-old Chicago-based organizational communications/employee engagement specialist. CEO Margery Kraus...

On the Move: APCO Worldwide Hires Transportation Pro Saull

Thu., Feb. 2, 2023

... Christina Saull APCO Worldwide hires Christina Saull as a senior director in its Washington, DC office. Prior to...

Corporate Advocacy Reveals Partisan Rift on Business' Role in Social Issues

Thu., Nov. 17, 2022, environmental and political challenges facing the world today. According to a recent report by APCO Worldwide, however, many Americans feel put off when businesses begin preaching politics—and a sharp...

News of Firms: Argyle Joins Believeco:Partners

Fri., Nov. 4, 2022

...with a focus on tech, media, sports, and entertainment. RXN Group leaders include former APCO Worldwide senior vp Becky Boles, RPG Strategies principal Jon Potter and former Politico vice...

PA Pro Copeland Lands at APCO Worldwide

Mon., Oct. 31, 2022

... Ami Copeland Ami Copeland has joined APCO Worldwide as public affairs head in its Washington, DC office. Most recently, Copeland did a...

News of Firms: Trilligent Virtual Boutique Set to Launch

Mon., Oct. 17, 2022

... Trilligent, a virtual boutique agency that is a sister company of APCO Worldwide, is launching via an invitation-only virtual event on Oct. 20. Later this fall,...

Events: Museum of PR Spotlights Native Americans, Indigenous People

Fri., Oct. 7, 2022

...who address ESG matters. “The State of  ESG + Communications” will be led by APCO Worldwide senior director and global lead, climate and sustainability Heather McGeory, who has more...

On the Move: Dow Jones Hires Citi's Sherry Weiss as CMO

Mon., Oct. 3, 2022

...managing director in FTI Consulting’s crisis communications and issues management practice and headed up APCO Worldwide’s Chicago office. Most recently, he was vp, strategic communications & crisis communications at...

APCO Reps Leader of Democratic Opposition in Belarus

Wed., Sep. 28, 2022

... Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya APCO Worldwide is providing strategic communications and media relations in the US for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya,...

APCO Gauges Perception of Côte d’Ivoire

Tue., Aug. 30, 2022

... APCO Worldwide has signed on to provide strategic communications services and opinion research for Africa’s...

On the Move: State Street Corp. Taps Tsai for CMO Post

Fri., Jul. 22, 2022

...said State Street executive vice president and global head of client experience Julia McCarthy.   Tom Harper APCO Worldwide brings on Tom Harper as a director in its London office. Prior to...

News of Firms: Allison+Partners Teams with Special Olympics

Wed., Jul. 13, 2022

...Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations will present its Betsy Plank Award to APCO Worldwide senior advisor Charlene Wheeless at the center’s 12th annual Milestones in Mentoring Gala...

On the Move: APCO Worldwide Hires Transportation Dept. Vet

Thu., Jun. 30, 2022

... J. Todd Inman APCO Worldwide hires J. Todd Inman, former chief of staff to the U.S. Department of...

Grassroots Vet Verghese Joins APCO Worldwide

Wed., Apr. 20, 2022

...more than ten years of experience running grassroots and grasstops communications campaigns, has joined APCO Worldwide as senior director and head of its campaigns and advocacy practice. She takes over...

Technology PR Firms Registered 'Hyper-Growth' in '21

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022

...break out its tech numbers last year, came in #8 with $21.3 million, and APCO Worldwide, which also didn’t list in the tech section in 2021, was #11 with...

Healthcare PR Firms Enjoy 47% Growth in '21

Tue., Mar. 29, 2022

...ever around a shared purpose: to help clients act boldly to earn and keep trust. APCO Empowers Clients  Evan Kraus ...

Events: Dilenschneider Group to Explore Challenges Faced by Boards of Directors

Fri., Feb. 18, 2022 Caryn Medved, professor, corporate communication and MA program director at CUNY’s Baruch College. APCO Worldwide founder and executive chairman Margery Kraus will lead a fireside chat, and the...

APCO Worldwide Hires Shearman as NA Health Chief

Fri., Feb. 11, 2022

... Mathew Shearman APCO Worldwide has named Mathew Shearman North America healthcare practice lead. Most recently, he was senior...

On the Move: Summit Strategy Group Names Capstraw its First COO

Thu., Jan. 13, 2022

...of advocacy and strategic alliances for PhRMA. Young was previously a senior director/SVP at APCO Worldwide and an EVP at Edelman. “With Jen and Kelly’s impressive experience, their history...

APCO's Dechter Enrolls at Princeton

Tue., Nov. 23, 2021

... Gadi Dechter Gadi Dechter, who heads APCO Worldwide's PA unit, is heading to Princeton University, where he will take on the...

Edelman Pitches Biz Investment in Bahrain

Tue., Nov. 9, 2021

...Stothard, content lead, spearheads content development; and Rami Fahmi, account manager, works the Arabic media. APCO Worldwide parted ways with EDB on Sept. 30....

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