Huawei Technologies enlisted Larry Weber’s Racepoint Global for PR and crisis support as it takes on the US law that bars governmental agencies and federal contractors from doing business with the Chinese firm.
The US has orchestrated a global campaign to convince allied nations to ban Huawei technology from development of the next-generation 5G mobile networking systems.
It claims China's government, which heavily subsidizes Huawei, uses its equipment to spy on other countries.
Huawei, in turn, sued the US government in federal district court in Texas earlier this month, challenging the equipment ban, saying it is an unconstitutional infringement on Huawei’s ability to do business in the US.
Racepoint’s one-year contract, which went into effect October 2018, covers strategy, media/analyst relations, content, crisis, and social media.
The goal is to educate policymakers and legislators via strategic media relations and content generation.
The Boston-based firm is not involved in lobbying work.
Weber, who bills at $320 per hour, Anne Potts (managing director/executive VP) and RJ Bardsley (chief strategist, global technology group/executive VP) lead Racepoint’s 13-member Huawei team.
He told O'Dwyer's Huawei faces "one of the most interesting reputation challenges of our time."