Corporate communications consultancy
With more than 50 professionals in offices in Eindhoven and Amsterdam and estimated 2005 revenues of around €4 million, Bex*communicatie is one of the largest and most prestigious corporate communications consultancies in the Dutch market, enjoying an especially strong reputation in the change management and crisis and issues communications categories and boasting expertise in multiple sectors, most notably healthcare, technology, food, and consumer.
Consultancy founder Noud Bex—currently chairman of Dutch consultancy association Precom—began his public relations career at automaker Volvo, where he rose to become head of communications before establishing what was initially known as Bex van der Schans in 1986. From its roots in traditional PR, the firm expanded rapidly into new areas including research, media and crisis training and executive coaching, and interim communications management. Bex, meanwhile, continues to serve as chairman, supported by managing directors Peter van den Besselaar and Geerd Schlangen and assistant manager Monique Hendriks.
The last 12 months have been eventful, with a name change—the firm became Bex*communicatie earlier this year—and the acquisition of Radicleworks, which has been renamed The Lead, Centre for Executive Presence, and focuses on developing the personal leadership communications skills of senior executives. In addition, Bex is a founder of the Crion Centre for Crisis support, which provides a range of crisis and issues management services from risk inventory and analysis to prevention to research and evaluation; and offers its own Creativity Centre.
Clients include Dell, Logitech, the Philips enabling technologies group and Philips high tech campus in the technology space; Astra Zeneca, Leo Pharma, Organon, Roche Consumer Health, and Schering Plough in the pharma sector; Ernst & Young, Essent, Rabobank Nederland, and Visa in the services arena; government clients such as the municipalities of Amsterdam and Breda, the Province of Limburg, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment; and consumer brands Braun, Gillette Groep Nederland, H.J. Heinz, Interbrew, Masterfoods and Quaker Oats.
Bex* is co-founder and co-owner of the international communication network Ecco and works closely with Ecco partners on international assignments.