Goldy Hyder, a leading public relations expert, has been appointed as president of the Canadian arm of public relations and public affairs firm Hill & Knowlton. He was currently serving as the general manager of the firmâ€™s Ottawa office.
Hyder is a proven leader, growing the Ottawa office to the second-largest in Canada and one of the most profitable in the global H+K network. Earlier this year, he oversaw the acquisition of Ascentum Inc., a public engagement specialist firm, into the Ottawa operations. Hyder, a native Albertan, served as the Rt. Honourable Joe Clarkâ€™s chief of staff prior to joining Hill+Knowlton in 2001.
â€œAs general manager of the Ottawa office, Goldy built a strong team that has grown under his leadership,â€ said Mike Coates, the outgoing president & CEO.
â€œHe is a high performer who brings a unique balance of media-savvy and business and political sensibilities to this role. He has also proved himself a valued counsellor to his clients, a role he will continue to play.â€
With this promotion, the companyâ€™s six general managers report into Hyder, who also assumes responsibility for sales, marketing and new business development in Canada.
â€œHill+Knowlton is the most trusted communications and public affairs consultancy in Canada with the best talent in the industry,â€ said Hyder. â€œI am both honoured and humbled by the opportunity to help lead it as it embarks on new challenges in 2013.â€