The leading Award for European PR and communications
The European Excellence Awards 2020
The Excellence Awards
The European Excellence Awards honour outstanding performances in the field of PR and communications since 2007. With in-depth categories which cover everything from internal communications to public relations, the Awards provide a comprehensive look at the most exceptional examples of communication in Europe.
During an online voting session and a two-day Jury meeting, the Jury decides which entries are shortlisted, and who the recipients of the European Excellence Awards are.
The European Excellence Awards recognise the best in the European PR and communications community. By entering these awards you can:
- Let your reputation flourish
- Celebrate with your peers
- Announce your success
- Build your brand
- Motivate your team
- Discover your potential
The Awards are firstly hosted by Communication Director, an internationally-focused magazine for corporate communications, PR and public affairs. Featuring opinion pieces, case studies and reports, Communication Director is a knowledge-sharing platform for communicators.
Secondly, the Awards are hosted by Quadriga, Berlin-based knowledge hub of excellence in education, information, networking and business IT solutions. As an internationally-oriented company, Quadriga already assists 300,000 professionals in their careers, currently professional groups in the fields of public relations, politics, public affairs, IT governance, human resources, marketing, sales and compliance.
Meet the Jury
Dr. Lutz Golsch
Salvador da Cunha
Our team of communication consultants, strategist and creative bring to the product of the agency what our clients have long valued us for: care for the product, in- depth expertise, content development with great insights, valuable impact on their business and awards winning ideas.
James has been providing communications consultancy to a wide range of clients across the IT, telecoms, B2B and professional services sectors for more than 20 years. His client experience includes AMD, Autodesk, Autonomy, British Telecom, Dell, Ericsson Mobile Communications, Honeywell, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Siemens, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Vodafone and Xerox. He has spearheaded the consultancy’s unique ‘Totally Transparent’ and ‘360 Framework’ market propositions, leading to outstanding client retention and prospect conversion rates. This has helped Whiteoaks become one of the UK’s leading B2B and technology PR consultancies and also one of the fastest growing.
James represents Whiteoaks in the WIN PR Group, an international network and partnership of like-minded, owner-managed communications agencies based across the globe, which together provide services in over 70 countries.
James is a member of the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA), Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Institute of Directors (IoD). He is also a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, Trustee Board Member of the Charity IT Association (CITA) and has frequently featured in PR Week’s Power Book (the definitive guide to the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain) and the Who’s Who of Britain’s Young Entrepreneurs.
He founded IPG agency Creation in 2011 and served as global president, before teaming up with Current to form Current Global in 2018. George is joint CEO of Current Global.
Outside of work he’s often found in his vegetable patch or brewing beer. He’s also a film fanatic, collects original cinema posters and has a cat called Butch Cassidy and a dog called Sundance. George also serves as a trustee for the UK charity Gingerbread.
Sarah has spent all her career in communications and has worked both in the UK and Asia. Her experience spans top corporate entities, leading multi-nationals and global consumer brands. She has worked extensively across brand marketing, crisis and issues management, corporate reputation building and B2B marketing. Her clients have included Nike, Jack Daniels, British Airways, M&S, Economist Intelligence Unit, Carnival Cruises and eBay. Before taking over the UK & European businesses at Grayling, Sarah was the Global Client Relationship Manager at Grayling for PayPal.
Sarah has created global positioning and thought leadership platforms across the world and has also worked at Fleishman Hillard, Edelman and Ruder Finn. Sarah has been a TV presenter and was on the Board at Freud Communications in London.
Thomas previously held Director-level campaigns and communications roles at Oxfam GB, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Greenpeace International. He holds degrees in Political Science and History.
Núria Vilanova Giralt
She is the founder and President of ATREVIA, the largest Global Communications and Strategic Positioning Company in Spain, with a team of 380 people and offices in 14 countries in Europe and America. She is the President of Consejo Empresarial Alianza por Iberoamérica (CEAPI).
She is deeply committed to knowledge development, entrepreneurship platforms and social responsibility. Núria Vilanova has actively promoted major research platforms, being the founder of the Foro de Buen Gobierno (Good Governance and Shareholders Forum), founded in collaboration with IESE Business School, and the Internal Communication and Corporate Identity Observatory, in collaboration with the IE Business School.
Regarding values and Social Responsibility, she is a Board Member of FIES Foundation (Spanish Institutional Foundation), Pelayo Foundation, Ayuda en Acción Foundation, and Hispanic-Jewish Foundation
Widely published, she speaks at numerous forums on issues of business management, communication, leadership and family business.
Vilanova has received several awards, most recently the Master of Communication in Public Relations Award from the University of Blanquerna and the Ibero-American Prize from ASICOM-Oviedo University in 2019, also the Individual Outstanding Achievement Award at the EMEA Sabre Awards ceremony in 2017, the Master de Oro from the Forum de Alta Dirección in 2014 and the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award in 2009. She is among the TOP 100 Women in Spain, first 20 Entrepreneurial Women Leaders and 10 Most Influential CEO in Social Media in Spain
Rose de la Pascua
Rose grew up in the UK, moved to Spain and opened the first then Shandwick office in Madrid and as Managing Director headed up the operation, supervised client service and led new business efforts.
Rose has a BA (Hons) Degree and an MA in Sociolinguistics and Communications from the University of Liverpool. She has undertaken vocational courses in marketing and Business Administration in Madrid as part of her continued professional development. She sits on advisory boards for the Instituto de Empresa Business School and the European University of Madrid (Laureate).
Rose is actively involved in a number of strategic projects with the awards industries. She has been a Cannes juror, a Sabre juror has been on the European Excellence Awards jury for 10 years. She acted as Jury President for the El Sol Latin American Festival of Creativity in the PR Category and this year is a juror for the Latin American Sabre Awards.
Rose is a mother tongue English speaker and also speaks Spanish, Catalan, French and Portuguese.
He believes in the power of business to stand out as a force for good in an increasingly challenging world. He brings together strategy and creativity to help brands find and live their purpose – sparking meaningful conversations that drive engagement and inspire action.
Arnau holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in Branded Content and Transmedia Storytelling from INESDI Digital Business School.
Since 2008 Palomäki has managed communications hands-on and given counsel to management on mergers & acquisitions, brand positioning, restructuring, business transformation, reputational challenges and other issues facing the corporation, always focusing on helping management drive successful business.
Under his leadership Wärtsilä overhauled its communications, by taking a stern multi-channel storytelling approach with focus on a robust digital presence. As corporate responsibility and sustainable business were embedded in Wärtsilä’s operations, Palomäki drove the launch of a distinct and clear brand purpose to provide direction to Wärtsilä and its communications to all stakeholders.
Over the years Palomäki has worked actively for developing Corporate Communications as a strategic function, and he was a Board Member of the European Association of Communications between 2010-2018. In Finland he has several times been voted best communication manager by business reporters.
Prior to entering corporate communications Atte Palomäki had a 15-year career in news and business journalism. Working among others for the Finnish News agency, MTV3 news and the business daily Kauppalehti he gained vast experience in both print and broadcast media. He is a graduate in Political Sciences from the Helsinki University.
She also has broader integrated brand campaign experience across travel, gaming, automotive and utility sectors for clients such as EDF Energy, Adobe, Activision, Stubhub, The Trainline and Emirates.
She is a specialist in consumer consultancy with experience of B2B, tech, CSR, corporate and crisis and issues across both UK and EMEA and global accounts.
Andi previously led the consumer practice at Red Consultancy where she ran the Samsung account for five years in which time they won a Gold Cannes Lions and delivered the brands most successful Olympic activation to date at London 2012.
With over 1,500 entries last year, the European Excellence Awards are Europe’s leading PR and communications awards. For more detailed information on how to enter please see the FAQ.