Worldcom Public Relations Group welcomed two new partners


The Worldcom Public Relations Group (Worldcom), the leading global partnership of independent public relations firms, announced today that it has welcomed two new partners to the organization. Abel Communications in Baltimore, Maryland and McDougall Communications, Rochester, NY were recently voted into the partnership.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these two excellent agencies to the Worldcom partnership as they help in expanding both our deep expertise and our global footprint. They are highly respected in their local markets, and have deep regional, national, and global experience in public relations and communications,” said Stephanie Paul, Managing Director, The Phillips Group (Brisbane, Australia), and Worldcom’s Global Recruitment Chair.

Baltimore-based Abel Communications has been in business since 2005 and specializes in awareness-building campaigns for clients in diverse industries, with a focus on companies that are headquartered or have a prominent presence in the Mid-Atlantic. Clients benefit from the Abel approach of creating accountable campaigns with a combination of Content + Coverage. With a growing creative team and a foundation in the development of programs that attract positive media attention through custom-built storytelling platforms, the Abel team takes pride in linking arms with its clients to make a measurable impact.

“Joining Worldcom at this time provides Abel Communications with a conduit to a world of best practices, new connections, and energetic leadership,” said founder and CEO Greg Abel. “For years we have studied the industry landscape and modeled those doing innovative work while pushing ourselves to be trusted counselors to our clients. We look forward to collaborating with some of the best agencies in the world in order to raise our game and represent the Baltimore market with pride to the Worldcom network.

McDougall Communications supports clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific with a range of specialized services, including strategic planning, media and customer relations, reputation and crisis counsel, and digital platform management. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., its work—primarily focused on the healthcare, medical device, professional services, industrial, and education sectors—regularly shapes global communications advancements.

“For more than 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with Worldcom Public Relations Group partners in multiple professional capacities. The firms are far more than an affiliation of independent organizations—their unparalleled camaraderie adds an unrivaled dimension to remarkable agility, talent, and global reach,” said Mike McDougall, FAAO, APR, Fellow PRSA, president of McDougall Communications. “It’s a privilege to join this esteemed group, which will benefit our current and future clients from day one.”

Welcoming these agencies to The Worldcom Public Relations Group marks the completion of a rigorous Worldcom partner recruitment and vetting process. It ensures the compatibility of the agency applying for partnership, along with their ability to meet the standards of trust and collaboration that have defined The Worldcom PR Group since its founding in 1988. As the newest partners, Abel Communications and McDougall Communications join a robust group of global partners who openly share knowledge and best practices, utilize the partnership to meet expanding client roles, and collaborate on new opportunities scaled to the local, regional, and global needs of any Worldcom partner client or prospect.

“We’re seeing a transformative shift as independent agencies around the globe increasingly seek out strategic alliances to amplify their operational capacities,” said Stefan Pollack, Global Chair of Worldcom and President of The Pollack Group. “This trend doesn’t just strengthen our existing partnership; it propels Worldcom to unprecedented heights. Despite our extensive global reach, our commitment remains sharp on pinpointing and embracing agencies that complement our goals, which fortifies our presence across essential regions and sectors while ensuring that we continue to lead and innovate in the industry.”

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