BRUSSELS—Ogilvy Public Relations has appointed Nicolas Acker as European public affairs director, based in Brussels. Acker will lead the expansion of Ogilvy’s EU public affairs hub, reporting to Ogilvy PR Brussels managing director Jeff Chertack.

The appointment follows the relocation of public affairs veteran Jeff Chertack from Washington, DC, and the hire of Downing Street veteran Iain Bundred as director of strategic media relations in London as Ogilvy seeks to expand its European public affairs capabilities to meet what Chertack says is “a need for an effective dialogue between the private sector and the political arena.”

Acker, a French national, joins most recently from the EU public affairs consultancy Cabinet DN and previously served in the public affairs practice at Weber Shandwick. He brings more than a decade of experience in European public affairs, with specific expertise in the energy, environment, and transport arena, the agro-food sector, the security and defense industry and sport-related dossiers.

In addition to developing the Brussels public affairs business, Acker will work within the Ogilvy & Mather European network to identify and develop public policy opportunities for group clients.