Huawei Technologies USA has retained BCW’s Pivot Integrated Communications arm for a one-year strategic communications program in the US pegged at $939,179 in fees.

The Trump Administration has banned federal agencies and contractors from doing business with Huawei because the telecom giant violated sanctions on Iran and allegedly spies on behalf of China’s government.

In its federal filing, Pivot says Huawei Technologies USA is wholly owned by Huawei Technologies Co,. Ltd., which is located in Shenzhen, China.

“It is our understanding that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, which owns Huawei Technologies USA Inc. is a private, employee-owned company,” according to Pivot’s federal filing. “That understanding was confirmed by representatives of Huawei Technologies USA Inc.”

Pivot’s US stakeholder engagement effort for Huawei includes strategic counsel, analysis & planning in support of its communications along with media relations.

The firm’s one year contract, which kicked off Sept. 23, may be renewed for another 12 months upon mutual agreement.

Earlier this year, BCW handled a $160K campaign to "defend and promote Huawei's reputation in the US."

In a March 22 statement to O’Dwyer’s, BCW described that effort as a “short, limited project that was executed and completed.”

The firm also said that it “is not contracting for any ongoing or future work for Huawei in the United States."

WPP own BCW, which is headed by Donna Imperato.