Gallagher acquires AHC to become one of the world’s largest employee communications companies
AHC is an independent communications consultancy specialising in pensions and employee benefits.
The acquisition fits with Gallagher’s strategy to partner with entrepreneurial and specialist companies to help corporate clients make working life a better experience for all their people, inspiring them to deliver their personal and professional best.
Gallagher Communication’s parent company Gallagher today announced that it has acquired AHC (Anthony Hodges Consulting), the award-winning pensions, change and reward communications business, for an undisclosed sum. AHC will form part of Gallagher Group’s UK based communications business, along with Gatehouse and Gallagher Communication.
Founded in 1996, AHC is a private, family-run company with close to 100 employees and offices in the UK, USA and Australia. The consultancy aims to help some of the world’s largest brands to simplify complex information in order to engage with their people and deliver positive measurable outcomes.
Nick Burns, CEO, Gallagher’s Employee Benefits Consulting Division, U.K., commented: “This acquisition supports our Gallagher Better Works offering for clients, especially around Organisational Wellbeing, where powerful employee communications are so effective for talent attraction and retention.
We have always greatly admired AHC’s work and professionalism. They share our values of integrity, partnership and understanding and are a perfect fit for Gallagher in terms of people talent, solutions and creative innovation. Together we will expand our footprint in the UK, USA and Australia and route to market – strengthening existing specialisms, maximising client choice and working together on our vision. We’re proud to officially welcome them to the team.
Roger Hattam, CEO of AHC, said: “We wanted a long-term global partner that would afford access to an even greater array of solutions, expertise and specialist capabilities for our clients, while also expanding personal and professional opportunities for our employees. We’re very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Tony Hodges, Chairman and founder of AHC, added: “It was really important to us that we found a partner where we could maintain the family feel that our people and clients so value. It soon became clear in our discussions with Gallagher that we have found this, and that they also share our values of ‘doing the right thing’ for our clients, colleagues and the community. This is what sealed the deal for us.”