London-based BDRC Group has launched BDRC Americas, a joint venture with Washington, DC-based full service researcher Fusion Analytics, which merges into the new company.
Fusion's founder and President Matthew Petrie and Director Liz Healy will assume similar positions in the new venture and will 'continue to operate business as usual'. BDRC will be a majority shareholder and will be represented on the Board of the new company by CEO Dr Cris Tarrant and Director Matt Costin.
The company, whose sector expertise covers hotels and hospitality, travel and tourism, financial services, media, and government/not-for-profit, already has offices in Singapore, Beijing, Jakarta and Sydney, and says the North American team brings expertise in key business challenges such as branding, customer experience and compliance.
Tarrant describes the move as 'a significant milestone in the development of the BDRC Group', and continues: 'From today we now operate in all of the world's most significant regional markets for consumer insight. Our major clients manage global businesses without geographical boundaries and this venture enables us to offer a geographically seamless service, ensuring that we remain close to our clients' most pressing business issues and requirements wherever they are located.' He adds: 'From the very early discussions with the Fusion Analytics team we sensed a real meeting of minds'.
Matthew Petrie said: 'BDRC is a world class research agency and we are proud to be partnering with them in this new venture. We're looking forward to the next phase of growth, expanding BDRC's presence in the US, while continuing to give great service to our clients here, with an unparalleled depth of knowledge, from both global and local perspectives.'
Web sites: www.bdrc-group.com and www.bdrc-americas.com .