Mitchell Communications Group is now part of the Dentsu Network after the worldwide firm acquired the Fayetteville public relations agency.
Elise Mitchell, company founder and chief executive officer, will continue in her role at Mitchell Communications and will join the executive team and operating committee of Dentsu Network. Sarah Clark was named Mitchell Communications president. She had served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer of the agency.
The company’s headquarters will remain in Fayetteville.
“We’re excited to join the No. 1 agency brand and fastest growing agency network in the world,” Mitchell said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to experience rapid growth ourselves, and we’ve significantly expanded our capabilities to serve client needs.”
She founded Mitchell Communications in 1995 as a sole proprietorship and it became a full-service agency in 2005.
The businesses has grown more than 445 percent in the past four years, from a $2.1 million company with 13 employees in 2008 to a $13 million company with 75 employees last year. Mitchell Communications also employs 20 project workers located in 14 states.
“Mitchell Communications Group has built an exceptional reputation as a thriving midsize firm in the public relations industry for its work with some of the most iconic national and global brands,” said Tim Andree, chief operating officer of Dentsu Network. “By acquiring Mitchell Communications, we intend to build out a full-service offering to benefit Dentsu clients globally that now includes public relations.”
Mitchell will be responsible for building Dentsu’s global public relations network.
“Elise will lead and direct this important effort for us,” Andree stated. “We are confident in her ability to attract other public relations agencies that are like-minded — client-centric, collaborative and entrepreneurial in their approach to the business.”
Dentsu Network is headquartered in New York and Tokyo and has 82 offices in 29 countries.