Mark Irion New President of LEVICK

                      Mark Irion New President of LEVICK

Richard Levick Taps Longtime Dutko Worldwide CEO to Lead Next Phase of the
Firm's National and Global Build Out

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard Levick, founder and CEO, has
tapped a proven growth leader, Mark Irion, to take on the role of President of
LEVICK. The expanded leadership at LEVICK signals a diversification of the
offerings provided by the firm and a response to the increase demand for
public affairs and issue advocacy services. Mr. Irion brings more than two
decades of public and private sector success to LEVICK, as well as a track
record of leveraging the talents of a mid-size consultancy to make it
competitive across all sectors.

Mark Irion officially took the position as President on February 5, 2013.
Previously, Mr. Irion served as CEO of Dutko Worldwide and led a growth
strategy taking the then mid-size firm to Top Five ranking amongst Washington
based government and public affairs firms. In 2003, he orchestrated the first
large private equity investment in the lobbying space. Subsequent to that
sale, he and his partners earned a substantial share of the firm back, and
ultimately resold it in late 2009 to the UK based public affairs company
Huntsworth, PLC. In addition to increasing the size and profitability of the
enterprise, Mr. Irion and his partners brought about innovations, and coined
the consultancy category "public policy management firm." 

Mark Irion tells us: "I'm proud of what my partners and I accomplished at my
previous firm to evolve the model of how to comprehensively manage clients'
public policy communications—but LEVICK represents for me a new and even more
advanced platform to create the next generation of advocacy communications.
Watch this LEVICK space to see how digital, marketing communications,
corporate and public affairs communications are integrated to create a go-to
firm for issue campaigns." Irion added, "I am astounded by the level of talent
and innovation at LEVICK which has received multiple awards ranging from Best
Crisis Management Consultant to 2012's Best New Website award." 

"LEVICK is poised to be one of the world's leading public affairs and
communications firms. As technology evolves and communications practices
become more complex we will continue to deliver effective, strategic solutions
to take our clients' where they only dreamed possible," said Irion. "LEVICK
has the talent, network, and drive to be on every corporate and association's
short list to run the smartest and most creative advocacy campaigns this town
has ever seen."

"I could not be more proud of the company or the talented individuals who have
helped build LEVICK into a recognized brand for crisis, corporate and
litigation communications throughout both the nation and the world," said
Richard Levick, CEO and Chairman of LEVICK. "Having built this company from
the ground to where it is today, I know Mark has the leadership and experience
to take this firm to where it will be in the next decade because his track
record in this town speaks for itself."


Contact: Philip Elwood,, +1-202-973-5310
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