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FGS Bolsters Management Team With Global Hires


FGS GLOBAL, AUGUST 8, 2023, NEW YORK, NY - The strategic advisor for the stakeholder economy, today announced the appointment of two senior hires to its global management team. Akin Harrison joins the firm as Chief Legal Officer having spent over 20 years delivering strategic legal counsel across the media sector. Rebecca Gasser joins the firm as Global Chief Information Officer responsible for FGS Global’s worldwide technology strategy.

Prior to FGS Global, Akin served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at media and marketing services company TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) where he led TEGNA’s law department and oversaw all of TEGNA’s legal, compliance and regulatory matters. Prior to joining TEGNA, Akin was a corporate attorney at two national law firms where his practice included representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and corporate lending transactions. In his role at FGS Global, Akin will lead the firm’s legal function and contribute to the ongoing development of global strategy. He will be a member of FGS’s executive committee reporting to the CEO.

Rebecca joins from Omnicom Health where she was Global CIO responsible for leading, developing and overseeing the global technology organization, including Product Management, DevOps, Service Delivery and a Development Center. Prior to Omnicom Health, Rebecca held senior roles with Ferrandino & Son and global pharmaceutical company GSK. In her role, Rebecca will be responsible for overseeing IT across FGS Global’s three regions and 27 offices.

Commenting on the additions to the leadership team, CEO Alexander Geiser said: “When we formed FGS Global we set out to build the best management team with a global outlook and a shared vision for creating the preeminent strategic communications consultancy in the world. The addition of Akin and Rebecca brings highly experienced legal and technological skills to the firm at a time when we are expanding our worldwide capabilities and footprint. I am thrilled that they have chosen FGS Global as their new home and look forward to working with them as we continue in our mission to help our clients navigate the stakeholder economy.”

Akin Harrison commented: “This is an exciting time to join FGS Global. Stakeholder management has never been more important to multinational organizations and FGS Global has built the best platform in the business. I look forward to working with the team to continue forging the leading strategic advisory and communications firm in the world.”

Rebecca Gasser commented: “I am pleased to be joining FGS Global as the firm expands around the world. Technology, digital platforms and AI are revolutionizing industries and the opportunities for communications industry are vast. I look forward to working with the professionals at FGS Global to create solutions that serve both our colleagues and clients as they seek to innovate, scale and grow.”


About FGS Global

FGS Global is a leading global strategic communications consultancy, with 1,300 experts around the world, advising clients in navigating complex situations and reputational challenges. The company was formed in 2022 from the combination of Finsbury, The Glover Park Group, Hering Schuppener and Sard Verbinnen & Co to offer board-level and c-suite counsel in all aspects of strategic communications — including corporate reputation, crisis management, government affairs and is also the leading force in financial communications worldwide.

FGS Global offers seamless and integrated support with offices in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Kingston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Riyadh, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., West Palm Beach, and Zurich. The headquarters is based in New York.

Dorothy Burwell