Lewis acquires Boston-based Davies Murphy Group
Global Digital Communications Firm Buys Boston-Headquartered Public Relations and Marketing Consultancy
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 10, 2013) – LEWIS PR, a global digital communications firm, has acquired the Davies Murphy Group (DMG), a public relations (P.R.) and marketing consultancy with offices in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Headquartered in Boston, DMG serves more than 45 top tier clients ranging from early stage startups to the world’s largest technology companies. The transaction deepens the company’s presence on the U.S. East Coast, and adds a broad range of marketing services to its portfolio. LEWIS now has global revenues in excess of $45 million, with combined U.S. revenues of more than $20 million, making it one of the largest independent public relations firms in the U.S.(1)
Eric Davies founded DMG in 1998 and was joined the following year by his business partner, Andy Murphy. Together, the two agency principals built DMG to provide integrated public relations, marketing and business strategy services to technology companies worldwide. Following the deal, DMG will operate as a wholly owned division of LEWIS PR, reporting into LEWIS Executive Vice President Morgan McLintic. Davies and Murphy will continue to lead the 65-strong agency under the DMG name.
“Davies Murphy Group is a P.R. and marketing powerhouse in Boston, with a true focus on exceptional client service. Its rapid growth is being driven by a unique mix of public relations and broader marketing programs that deliver meaningful business results to clients,” McLintic said. “In DMG we have a partner which shares our global vision, our integrated communications approach and our commitment to client success.”
“This acquisition makes a tremendous amount of sense for both DMG’s and LEWIS PR’s clients,” Davies said. “Combining our two organizations creates a truly global agency that can deliver an unmatched range of expert P.R. and marketing services to clients of all sizes, from early-stage startups to the world’s largest enterprises.”
“There can be no clearer statement of our global ambitions than this deal with DMG. This is the third acquisition LEWIS has made in the last five years, and we’re proud to welcome the DMG team,” said Chris Lewis, CEO of LEWIS PR. “For too long, global brands have been starved of a communications partner which is global in its outlook, digital to its core, that offers an integrated approach to marketing. As a challenger itself, LEWIS works with challenger brands around the world to make a real impact.”
The deal closed on May 31, 2013. Specific terms are not being disclosed. In 2012, DMG had revenues of nearly $9 million. LEWIS acquired Page One PR in October 2010 and Leads United in October 2009. LEWIS was advised by McCracken Advisory Partners.
About LEWIS PR
LEWIS PR is a global digital communications agency. In addition to traditional media and analyst relations, LEWIS specializes in social media, digital marketing and creative services. It works with companies to implement integrated communications programs on an international scale. LEWIS works with leading and emerging brands across multiple sectors, including automotive, consumer, government, healthcare, insurance, legal, non-profit, technology and telecom. LEWIS has 25 wholly owned offices across the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific, with regional headquarters in London, San Francisco and Singapore.
Davies Murphy Group provides integrated public relations, marketing and business-strategy services to companies worldwide. Founded in 1998, with offices in Boston, London, Munich, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Corvallis, Ore., the firm has built its reputation by providing a comprehensive range of services to clients ranging from high-profile start-ups to global corporations. With a uniquely senior staff and savvy approach to client engagement, Davies Murphy Group has achieved the industry’s highest rate of client retention — the single most important metric of agency quality and client satisfaction. For more information about Davies Murphy Group, please visit www.daviesmurphy.com.