Silicon Valley-based Method Communications acquired by Chime
The UK holding group Chime Communications has acquired the West Coast communications agency Method in a bid to build its global technology offering.
The addition of Method to the Chime Specialist Group, which also includes inEvidence and London’s Harvard agency, pushes the group's technology billings to over £20m.
Jo Parker, CEO of Chime Specialist Group, said: “We’ve been growing in the US by acquisition and we see the US as extremely important strategically. We are now focused on organic growth and how we can work together.”
For the past year, Method and Harvard have worked together on two shared clients: Workplace by Facebook and SecureAuth. They will still operate under their own names and their individual branding.
Method, with their two largest offices in San Francisco, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, was founded by David Parkinson and Jacob Moon in 2010.
Parkinson, Method’s CEO, said: "We want to grow smart and hire the best talent and work with the best companies.
“We’re hiring a VP in New York but the goal is for me to focus heavily on that office and work with that individual.”
The firm has 70 people in London servicing clients that include Cisco, Vodafone, Dropbox, Square and Xiaomi. Harvard has been part of the Chime Group since 2000.
While Method and Harvard are primarily US and UK focused now, the new global offering will also look to expand into Asia-Pacific where the group has several clients.
Louie St Claire, CEO of Harvard, will lead the newly formed tech group to coordinate global collaboration across the network.