BRUSSELS—Hill & Knowlton has appointed Thomas Tindemans as managing director of EU public affairs, based in the firm’s Brussels office. Tindemans will join Hill & Knowlton from global law firm White & Case, where he has been heading the public affairs practice. He will report to Jeroen van Seeters, CEO and chairman of Hill & Knowlton Benelux, and will sit on the Hill & Knowlton International Belgium executive board.
At White & Case, he advised corporate, government and NGO clients on legislative procedures and political developments in the EU institutions—the Council, the Commission, the European Parliament, the government and administration in the member states—and assisted clients with the drafting of legislative proposals, position papers and amendments to draft legislation, as well as forging coalitions to carry majorities on these issues.
Among his high-profile assignments, her advised a group of leading accounting firms on new EU legislation governing the auditing profession; advised a multinational software company on strategic economic and policy developments in the area of intellectual property, interoperability, public procurement and open source software; assisted a Japanese vehicle manufacturer to respond to environmental regulations; worked with a cosmetics company on the launch a new tooth whitening product in Europe; and provided public affairs support to pharmaceutical clients on matters including the EU's new medicines legislation package.
According to Van Seeters: “Our clients value experienced and probing senior counsel in both policy and communication, and they expect us to understand their business issues as well as their challenges in EU policy and stakeholder management. Thomas has this understanding, and he knows the EU and Belgian markets inside and out. More importantly, he has a strong track record in leveraging his knowledge into positive business impact for his clients.”
Tindemans is a Belgian national with almost 20 years experience in EU public affairs and communications. He speaks Dutch, English, French and German.