APCO Worldwide

APCO Worldwide is a Public Relations firm, headquartered in Washington, D.C.. Independently owned, it was founded in 1984 by Margery Kraus who served as its first president and chief executive officer, and remains a majority women-owned business. APCO has offices and is headquartered in Washington D.C. and has offices in 24 locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and employs 470 people

Clients include corporations, governments, industry associations and nonprofit organizations. APCO includes among its clients seven of the top 10 companies from the Fortune Global 500. Core services include corporate, investor and internal communication; crisis management; issue management; government relations; litigation communication; media relations; coalition building; opinion research; market entry; corporate responsibility and online communication.


APCO Worldwide is located in a number of different cities around the world. Employees include many former high level political persons:
*Washington DC - employee's include:
**Sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, Senator Mike Oxley
**Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who served under President George W Bush [ [http://www.apcoworldwide.com/content/newsroom/press_releases/02_12_08.cfm APCO Worldwide :: Newsroom :: Press Releases :: Scott McClellan Joins APCO Worldwide ] ]
**founder of the Transportation Security Administration, John Magaw
*India - offices in Mumbai and New Delhi [ [http://www.apcoworldwide.com/content/newsroom/press_releases/11_19_07.cfm APCO Worldwide :: Newsroom :: Press Releases :: APCO Opens in India ] ]
*Israel - former US Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich
*Poland - where employee's include former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski [ [http://www.apcoworldwide.com/content/newsroom/press_releases/10_04_07.cfm APCO Worldwide :: Newsroom :: Press Releases :: President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski Joins APCO Worldwide ] ]
*United Kingdom - headed by Darren Murphy, ex-advisor to Tony Blair [ [http://www.apcoworldwide.com/content/locations/keystaffbio.cfm?ksid=258&cid=16&ofid=20 APCO Worldwide :: Darren Murphy ] ]

Tobacco industry

APCO has worked on behalf of the Phillip Morris (now Altria) tobacco company, in particular through the establishment of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), an Astroturf group which criticised scientific research on a range of issues, including passive smoking. [ [http://tobaccodocuments.org/pm/2505646347-6368.html?zoom=750&ocr_position=above_foramatted&start_page=21 Tobacco Industry Efforts Subverting the International Agency for Research on Cancer's Secondhand Smoke Study ] ]


APCO was named 2003 International Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report, a PR industry newsletter. In 2004, it was listed as one of the top PR firms by The Hill, a Washington, DC newspaper.


External links

* [http://www.apcoworldwide.com/ Company website]

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