Kekst CNC was formed in late 2018 when two of the world’s premier strategic communications firms, Kekst, founded in 1970, and CNC, founded in 2002, combined their teams and capabilities.
Our global team of more than 250 experienced professionals serve clients, from our 12 offices in New York, London, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Stockholm.
In the Nordics, Kekst CNC operates under the brand of JKL. JKL was founded in 1985 as a pioneering firm and soon became one of the most influential strategic communications consultancies in the Nordic region. In 2017, JKL merged with Kekst CNC.
As institutions around the world compete for capital, business and talent, they are increasingly scrutinized for their strategic readiness and judged by how they respond to challenges – and communicate their actions.
Investors demand that risk is being defined and managed appropriately and broadly, that boards and management teams are ahead of the curve.
Prospective employees want to understand and be part of a collective mission and purpose in which they can believe. And communities around the world require responsible partners on whom they can count.
We are ideally equipped to help global business and institutional leaders address these challenges and opportunities and to develop and execute the integrated communications strategies necessary to gain the confidence of key stakeholders in this era of accelerated change. That is why many of the world’s leading companies and organizations, as well as many fast-growth companies and prominent individuals, seek the deep experience, proven judgement, and objective counsel of Kekst CNC.
As trusted advisors, the firm brings expertise on such high stakes matters as: M&A, shareholder activism and governance, crisis communications, restructurings, regulatory investigations/resolutions, litigation support, investor relations, IPO communications, issues and reputation management, change management and employee engagement, as well as digital and social communications. Kekst CNC’s judgment and counsel is supported by objective insights, based on access to proprietary research, data and analytics capabilities.
Kekst CNC is part of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group.
Kekst CNC is committed to responsible and ethical business practices and takes that approach into the communities of which we are a part. As a business and as individuals, we support, positive engagement with our local communities, and worthwhile cultural initiatives.
Kekst CNC is proud to support ArtsConnection, which partners with elementary, middle and high schools across all five boroughs of New York City to integrate the arts – dance, theater, visual arts, media and music – into students’ overall learning and development.
As part of that relationship, Kekst CNC is currently hosting at its offices Viewpoints, Stories and Connections, an exhibition of original student artwork from participants in ArtsConnection’s Student Art Program, which showcases works by young artists in grades 6-12 from a wide cross-section of New York City’s public schools.
Royal Court Theatre
At Kekst CNC, our intention is always to look at problems differently, consistently challenging the status quo with new and creative thinking. This principle is reflected in our long-standing support of the Royal Court Theatre, otherwise known as the ‘writers’ theatre.’ It prides itself on being a hothouse for innovation, ideas and for energetically cultivating undiscovered, emerging and established writers.
Innovation Day is an annual initiative that brings together individuals from across the Publicis Groupe to collectively solve the business and communications challenges facing a number of social enterprises. These enterprises are drawn from a wide range of causes, from supporting refugees to innovative technology that identifies the safest routes for women walking alone. Each year, Kekst CNC contributes its specific skills to these diverse teams, sharing knowledge, and challenging both the enterprises and each other to think in different ways and explore new approaches to solving business challenges.
JKL, Kekst CNC in Sweden, provides ad hoc PR and communication support TO Hello World!, an association aimed at supporting digital creation for young people though summer camps and weekend meetups. The focus is to encourage girls and people from less privileged backgrounds to get access to digital creation and programming skills and the ultimate purpose is to support the competitiveness of Swedish businesses that are expected to need an additional 70 000 programmers in the next decade.