Further appointments include former Tánaiste (deputy Prime Minister in Ireland), Mary Harney, as senior advisor, and Hume Brophy’s Colin O’Donnell as senior account director. Harney will provide the team with strategic insight, support and advice.
According to Hanover, its decision to expand into Ireland was influenced by a growing demand for a pan-European offering. Hanover’s consultants will provide support to existing clients with Irish interests including Lucozade, Ribena, Suntory, Tata Steel and Apple.
Lorna Jennings, managing director at Hanover Dublin, said: “I am very excited to be joining such a dynamic and innovative international company as Hanover. Our goal is to establish a first-class consultancy for clients in Ireland, and create a unique service offering across the company providing political and reputational insight in key European locations and at the EU level.”
Charles Lewington, chief executive of Hanover Group, added: “We had planned to open an office in Dublin even before the UK’s decision on the Referendum, as we see great opportunity in Ireland’s strong growth in Hanover’s traditional areas of sector expertise such as financial services, health and technology.
“In the post-Brexit world, given the political and economic uncertainty with Ireland’s key trade partners in the UK and the US, Hanover’s insight, advice and support is needed now more than ever. I look forward to working with Lorna and Mary to create new opportunities to reach our ambitious two year revenue targets of £2m+ in areas such as Dublin’s Silicon Docks, supporting technology companies to scale and access the wider European market.”
Hanover last opened an overseas office in Brussels seven years ago. It also has offices in London, and encompasses growth-hacking consultancy Multiple and creative communications agency The Playbook, which launched last year.