China Telecom’s US unit has hired Levick Strategic Communications for a public affairs campaign and crisis communications counsel/support/services on an as-needed basis, according to the Washington-based firm’s agreement with the Herndon, VA-based client.
Levick maintains it is “without knowledge” that any foreign government or political party controls, directs, finances or subsidizes its client, which is a subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Ltd., a joint-stock limited company incorporated in the People’s Republic of China.
It receives a $45K monthly retainer for the PA push to advance US-China “techno-relations.”
That effort began Oct. 9 and runs through Dec. 31. The PA campaign auto-renews for another three months unless China Telecom Americas notifies Levick in writing by Dec. 15 that it wants to terminate the relationship.
Levick will bill CTA a blended $400 hourly rate for crisis communications support at the end of each calendar month with payment due upon receipt.
CTA markets integrated communications and information technology services from offices in Herndon, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
John Lovallo, chair of Levick's corporate reputation practice and an alum of Ogilvy PR and Makovsky, and VP Bryant Madden handle the CTA work.