EMEA News in Brief (November 9, 2009)
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EMEA News in Brief (November 9, 2009)

College Hill has invested in Policy Action, a public affairs consultancy in Brussels; plus new people in new roles at LVMH, JKL and Waggener Edstrom; new business for Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

Paul Holmes

BRUSSELS—College Hill has invested in Policy Action, a public affairs consultancy in Brussels that specializes in enhancing the competitive position of its clients at EU level. Policy Action was founded 10 years ago and has built a high quality client base across a range of industry sectors. It joins College Public Policy, led by its managing partner Warwick Smith and strengthens College Public Policy’s offer to its growing international client base, for which EU issues are often mission critical. Policy Action principals Wes Himes and Lucy Cronin will join the College Public Policy board.


PARIS—LVMH, one of the world’s leading luxury products groups, has appointed Paloma Castro Martinez as group director of global corporate affairs, responsible for managing LVMH’s relationships with stakeholders, coordinating efforts on issues management, public affairs and sustainability. The creation of this new department reflects LVMH‘s ambition to build stronger dialogue with stakeholders and to further develop its role in civil society. Castro Martinez previously led the global government affairs department for the Richemont Group, and earlier developed regulatory, communications and public affairs departments for a number of international corporations. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton manages brands such as Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Guerlain, TAG Heuer, and Zenith.


OSLO---Cecilie Ditlev-Simonsen has been named acting CEO of JKL’s Oslo office. She succeeds Per Høiby, who is leaving JKL. Ditlev-Simonsen has worked as communications advisor at JKL since the spring of 2008. She has extensive experience in strategic communications, having previously served as group communications manager at Norsk Hydro and corporate communications manager at IBM Norway and IBM Nordics.

DOHAIncreasing its presence in the State of Qatar, Citigate Dewe Rogerson has added new clients including Barwa Real Estate Company, to advise on financial communications regarding its proposed merger with Alaqaria; Aamal Company, a leading diversified group, with regards to financial communications and investor relations strategy; Barwa Bank, Qatar’s newest Islamic financial services group, for its initial launch and overall communications consultancy; and HSBC Middle East, as sole consortium communications advisor for the potential merger of Qatar Navigation and Qatar Shipping.

LONDON—Waggener Edstrom Worldwide has named Jon Silk as senior digital consultant in its WE Studio D digital strategies practice. Based in London, Silk will lead creative campaigns and provide senior counsel to clients in the European and Middle Eastern markets, while raising WE’s digital profile in the region. Formerly with Lewis PR, Silk brings a decade of experience. He also runs PR Geek, a blog on digital marketing and PR.


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