LONDON—Grayling, the global public relations, public affairs, investor relations and events consultancy formed last year by the merger of Huntsworth’s Grayling, Trimedia and Mmd brands, has appointed six industry sector heads covering areas ranging from energy and the environment to healthcare to financial services to technology, media and telecommunications.
The energy, environment and industry sector will be led by Russell Patten, CEO of Grayling in Belgium. Patten’s career in Brussels spans 20 years. He was secretary-general of the European Express Association from 1994 to 2003, is currently secretary-general of Transfrigoroute International and was president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium from 2005 to 2007.
The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector will be led Stephen Lock, based in Moscow and Istanbul. Lock joined Grayling in 2004 and currently runs Grayling’s businesses in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus and three offices in Central Asia.
The financial and professional services sector will be headed by Ilka Schwarz, managing director of Grayling Germany based in Frankfurt. Schwarz previously worked at Kohtes Klewes (now Ketchum Pleon), in the business development department of a German banking group and as a financial journalist.
The technology, media and telecoms sector will be led by Christine Boehlke, CEO of Grayling Connecting Point in San Francisco. Boehlke has cheaded corporate, branding and product programs for global leaders such as Cisco, Dolby, Hitachi, Lego, Logitec, Symantec, Sybase and Tetris.
The consumer brands area will be led by Loretta Tobin, CEO of Grayling U.K. based in London. During her 16 years with Grayling she has led campaigns for The National Lottery, Land Rover and Coca-Cola.
Finally, the firm’s government and public sector work will be led by David Beightol, chief development officer for Grayling sister company Dutko Worldwide, based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Dutko, he was director of government affairs for Johnson Controls and special assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Bush White House.