Mark McCall
Mark McCall

FTI Consulting today reported that the strategic communications group registered a 2.8 percent rise in Q2 revenues to $59M due to robust demand for its project-based corporate reputation business in the North America and EMEA regions.

Mark McCall, global segment leader, said FTI enjoyed strong growth in the energy, financial services, life sciences, telecom and technology sectors.

He’s confident of the “long-term growth trajectory” of the stratcom group, which will benefit from increased “global instability.”

That upheaval results in “more complex” and prosperous assignments for FTI in areas such as mergers & acquisitions, crisis management and regulatory compliance, according to McCall.

“Investing in people” and the public affairs sector are among the priorities for McCall and the PR unit.

As an example, he cited the June hiring of Joanne Wong as senior director in Hong Kong to bolster the Asia region.

Wong joined FTI from FleishmanHillard, where she worked for 19 years and left as executive VP/client services & head of business development for APAC sector.

She has extensive experience in PA, corporate affairs, issues/crisis, market entry/access, cross-border strategies and media training.

FTI’s operating income for the quarter slipped 4.2 percent to $9.1M but rose 8.4 percent to $19.3M for the half. First-half revenues jumped 5.9 percent to $116.8M.