Issues Management Group

Solomon McCown & Cence strategic communications shop and Murphy Donoghue Partners government relations firm have merged to form Issues Management Group in Boston.

Dan Cence will helm the more than 50-member firm, which also has an office in New York.

He said the combination will “enhance our ability to shape the conversation in an increasingly complex media political and regulatory environment.”

MDP co-founders Jack Murphy and Roger Donoghue will serve as partners of IMG.

Murphy did a 14-year stint in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Donoghue also founded the Donoghue Barrett & Singal law firm.

Helene Solomon & Ashley McCown, who launched Solomon & McCown in 2003, are senior advisors of IMG.

Massachusetts Health & Hospital Assn., Beacon Capital Partners, New England Journal of Medicine, Altrius Health, Rockland Trust Bank and Women’s Foundation of Boston are IMG clients.