Finn Partners has acquired AHA, a women-owned 52-person purpose-driven shop based in Vancouver, WA.
The deal marks the New York firm’s foray into the global internal communications and employee engagement sectors.
AHA CEO/founder Betsy Henning will serve as managing partner of the new practice.
Founded in 1994, AHA has robust positions in employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, content marketing and sustainability.
AHA, which is one of the largest independent agencies in the metro Portland area, has worked for clients such as Microsoft, Nike, Johnson & Johnson, HP and Comcast.
Peter Finn, CEO of Finn Partners, said his firm and AHA bring together “highly coveted, specialized expertise in internal communications and employee engagement programs as well as communications to support talent recruitment and retention.”
He noted that businesses put an increased emphasis on these services during the pandemic.
AHA will operate under the Finn Partners brand.
Finn Partners is O’Dwyer’s fourth-largest independent shop with fees of $108.9M for 2020.