Kekst was named “M&A PR Firm of the Year” at the 2018 Deal Awards, presented by media company The Deal at the Bryant Park Grill in midtown Manhattan on June 21. The awards recognize advisors and service providers that the company says power the “deal economy.” In choosing Kekst for the award, editors from The Deal interviewed advisors and deal makers, reviewed the complexity and volume of deals advised on and then took a vote within the staff to decide the winners. Among the transactions that The Deal took into consideration when choosing Kekst were Reckitt Benckiser Group’s $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, LVMH’s €6.5 billion acquisition of Christian Dior Couture and QBC’s $2.1 billion acquisition of HSN.


Crosby Marketing Communications has been named to the Washington Post’s 2018 list of Top Workplaces for the second consecutive year. The recognition is based on employee surveys conducted by national consulting firm Energage. Crosby’s 85 employees evaluated the firm on factors including engagement, work/life balance, pay and benefits, and company leadership. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”


Gutenberg has been named a gold winner in the public affairs category by PR Awards Asia, an organization that honors campaigns, individuals and companies in Asia-Pacific’s communications industry. The firm won for its “Bharat Yatra” PR campaign for the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating child labor and child exploitation around the world. KSCF, led by its founder and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi, organized Bharat Yatra, the largest march in India for child safety, from August thru October 2017. Gutenberg says that its PR initiatives for the march resulted in 40 million children and 500 million Indians in total being reached, coverage by over 4,000 India national and international media outlets, an estimated 100 regional media interviews across 22 states and over 400 feature stories in 35 days.