Matthew Della Croce
Matthew Della Croce

Allison+Partners has launched Allison Advisory, a management consultancy group that will be part of the firm’s corporate practice. The group will operate across North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific, advising business leaders in such areas as corporate change, digital transformation, international expansion, risk mitigation, purpose development and challenges unique to startup and high-growth. Matthew Della Croce, Allison+Partners’ global president, Corporate + Europe, is heading up the group along with David Wolf, who was previously managing director of Allison+Partners’ Global China practice, which will be rolled into the Allison Advisory offering. His new title will be managing director, Allison Advisory. “Statistics show that nearly 75% of all significant enterprise transformations ultimately fail to achieve the desired return on investment,” Della Croce said. “A core reason for the failure is that stakeholders aren’t embracing the change. This is where Allison Advisory can help, ensuring that decisions are rooted in and guided by stakeholder expectations.”

Christian Whiton
Christian Whiton

Banner Public Affairs has opened an office in Denver. Senior vice president Christian Whiton is heading up the new location, which will be geared toward expanding the firm’s government relations and communications services to Colorado’s capital. Prior to his move to Denver, Whiton was based jointly in Banner’s Washington and Los Angeles offices. He was previously a senior advisor for strategic communications at the U.S. Department of State. During the Presidential Transition, Whiton was the media advisor for the nominations of the secretary of state, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and ambassadors to Japan and Israel. The Denver office is the fifth location for Banner, which operates in Silicon Valley and St. Louis as well as in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.

anna Morris
Claire Best in Clearbox's in-house yoga studio

Belfast, Northern Ireland agency Clearbox has created what it says is the industry’s first dedicated in-house yoga studio. The studio is part of a £50k (about $63,000) investment the agency is making in employee wellness this year. The self-funded investment also includes a partnership with a therapist to offer counseling and life management sessions. “It’s important for us to create an environment that supports our team’s health and wellbeing—both in and outside of the office,” said agency head of excellence Anna Morris. Clearbox specializes in PR, social and experiential activities for brands such as Amazon, Sony Mobile, Universal Pictures, Morelli’s Ice Cream and Bushmills Irish Whiskey.