Experienced Public Relations Consultants
Paul O’Leary – Director
Paul’s 14 plus years PR career has been agency-side, in Wellington, London, Sydney and Auckland. Prior to starting Pursuit, Paul was New Zealand MD of Text 100 Global Communications, a leading international agency.
Specialising in technology and innovation, Paul’s recent work includes campaigns for global brands IBM, Adobe and Fitbit, and local stars Zeacom, Emendo and KlickEx. At Text100 in Sydney, Paul led the IBM account, the agency’s largest client.
Working in London, Paul’s clients included IP-TV and VoIP start ups as well as BP, Kodak, the UK Aerospace Industry Association (supply chain improvement) and English Tourism Council (response to the foot and mouth outbreak).
Paul has strong skills in corporate communications and product PR, including media and analyst relations, issues management and integrated communications. He has an LLB / BA from Victoria University of Wellington.
Recent industry contribution includes time as a committee member on the Auckland ICT cluster and mentoring AUT communication students.
He is a co-founder of InGame Limited which develops video games to increase user engagement in education and health and safety training.
Stephen Knightly – Director
Stephen is an experienced marketing and public relations consultant, having worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East.
His experience includes communications consulting in several countries for Fonterra, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, Telecom New Zealand, DHL, Amazon.com, XBox and two New Zealand universities. As well as leading the Microsoft public relations agency team in New Zealand, Stephen has worked for Microsoft at a European level on international product launches and issues management. He is passionate about New Zealand technology exporters and startups.
His skills include sales management, brand development, integrated campaigns, market research and marketing information systems.
Stephen holds a Masters of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, where he was later Director of Marketing for three years.
Stephen is also a director of video games consultancy InGame.
The Pursuit team
The wider Pursuit team includes consultants experienced in healthcare, export, consumer, government and entertainment PR and marketing, as well as copy writing, strategic visual design, web design and event management.