Hakluyt & Company
|Type||Private limited company|
|Predecessor(s)||Hakluyt & Company Limited|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Keith Craig, managing director
Niall FitzGerald, chairman
|Revenue||£28.7 million (2011)|
|Operating income||£7.2 million (2011)|
Hakluyt & Company is a British strategic intelligence and advisory firm, and since 2011 has been a trading name of the renamed company Holdingham Group Limited. Pelorus Research is another trading activity of Holdingham Group, started in 2011, providing research to investment managers.
The company was founded in 1995 by Christopher James and Mike Reynolds. James retired in mid-2006, and was replaced as managing director by Keith Craig. Hakluyt is headquartered in London and has subsidiary offices in Singapore and New York.
Hakluyt avoids publicity, but is regarded as having a reputation for discretion and effectiveness among its client base. Hakluyt was founded by former officials of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). It attracted controversy in 2001 when Hakluyt was alleged in the Sunday Times to have employed staff to infiltrate environmental groups when working for BP and Royal Dutch Shell.
Holdingham Group is chaired by former CEO and chairman of Unilever Niall FitzGerald, and the other members of the board include managing director Keith Craig, Sir Kieran Prendergast, Robert Webb QC and Sir John Rose.
The Hakluyt International Advisory Board
Hakluyt's international advisory board comprises senior figures with backgrounds in business and government. Current members include:
- Professor Sir Roy M. Anderson  — Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and former Rector of Imperial College London
- Don Argus — former chairman of BHP Billiton
- M S Banga — senior partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
- Bill Bradley — managing director at Allen & Company and former three-term US Senator
- Alexander Downer — Foreign Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007
- Neville Isdell — former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company
- Dr Hans-Peter Keitel — former CEO of Hochtief, and president of the Federation of German Industries
- Minoru Makihara, KBE — former chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation
- Sir Kieran Prendergast — former Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs at the United Nations
- Sir Ralph Robins — former chairman of Rolls-Royce plc
- Javier Solana — former NATO Secretary General and EU Foreign Minister
- Ratan Tata — former chairman of Tata Group
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- Sharon Lafraniere, John F. Burns (11 April 2012). "Briton’s Wanderings Led Him to Heart of a Chinese Scandal". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Stephen Robinson (30 March 2012). "MI6, a death in China and the very secretive Mayfair company full of spooks". Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Rosamund Urwin (15 January 2010). "Recession puts Hakluyt spies out in the cold". Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Maurice Chittenden, Nicholas Rufford (17 June 2001). "MI6 'Firm' Spied on Green Groups". Sunday Times. Archived from the original on unknown.
- "Roy Anderson profile". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2011-03-03.