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sold to

ICF International

November 2014


About the Client

Olson provides digital marketing solutions around customer engagement and branding and is widely recognized for its innovative strategic advisory work, its software-driven customer loyalty programs and its analytics-based marketing.

About the deal

Olson, an integrated marketing technology and digital solutions provider, has been acquired for $295 million in cash by ICF International, a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients. This acquisition strengthens and expands ICF’s digital marketing capabilities, enabling clients to transform the way they engage with customers and stakeholders. Combined with ICF’s existing digital technology implementation capabilities, Olson will help drive multi-channel marketing initiatives across web, mobile, email, social, print, broadcast and off-premise platforms. Olson’s diversified roster of marquee clients spans a broad range of industry categories, including health, energy and transportation, complementing ICF’s work in those areas, in addition to its significant consumer/retail presence.


“We are thrilled to be joining ICF, which we see as an excellent platform to drive our future growth, domestically, internationally and across client categories,” said John Partilla, Olson’s CEO. “Our organization will be a part of the digital services business, which will be an important driver of the company’s overall revenue growth. As part of ICF, we will be positioned to leverage the strengths we have built since our founding 22 years ago, to benefit our current clients and expand our reach by providing the combination of brand experience, technology and commerce, for which there is strong demand.”
Transaction led by GP Bullhound’s New York team while part of AdMedia Partners