APCO Worldwide has acquired Gagen MacDonald, the 25-year-old Chicago-based organizational communications/employee engagement specialist.

CEO Margery Kraus noted the demand for human-centered transformation is at an all-time high.

She said clients are increasingly asking APCO “to help with these transformations and their implications on employment engagement, internal culture and connection to purpose, reputation and business performance.”

The addition of Gagen MacDonald’s expertise augments APCO suite of corporate advisory services to deliver end-to-end solutions to create positive change externally while understanding the shifting expectations of employees.

Founder Maril MacDonald will continue to run Gagen MacDonald as a subsidiary of APCO.