Expert Jury members ensure a balanced evaluation Our esteemed communications specialists have been carefully selected as Jury members for the European Excellence Awards to ensure a fair and balanced evaluation of all applications. The Jury members’ range of expertise covers a wide scope, from the perspective of both in-house and agency communication departments. 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 Jury evaluates the innovation, implementation, strategy and impact of the projects submitted, to award the best in European communications and PR.
Food Drink Europe
Director of Communications
Previously, Florence headed the communication of the European Banking Federation for 12 years. She also was for 4 years Secretary General of the European Advertising Tripartite and led for 7 years Team Europe, a European Commission communication project.
Marc-Oliver Voigt has worked as a Writer for the Financial Times Deutschland, and became Editor-in-Chief of Communication Director in 2006. He held this role until late 2011, but remains involved with the magazine in a new role as Publisher. He is Head of Communication & Strategy Management at specialty chemicals group LANXESS.
Head of Communications
Edna Ayme-Yahil is Head of Communications for EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. She has developed and delivered top-quality integrated communications strategies in large global companies and public organizations. Previously, she has held various global communications roles at Nissan, STMicroelectronics, Philip Morris International and UNESCO and was a consultant for the OECD. She has also taught communications and history at UCLA, University of Arkansas, University of Paris, and Washington State University. She is currently serving as the Regional Lead France for the European Association of Communications Directors. She graduated from Stanford University, studied at the École normale supérieure, and holds a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A dual UK/USA national, Edna lives in France with her French husband and one daughter.
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Pascal Beucler joined a subsidiary of Publicis Consultants in 1987, and was promoted to a partner in 1994. He became Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of the MSL Group in 2010, under whose umbrella Publicis now falls. He is an Associate Professor at CELSA (Paris IV Sorbonne) and a Visiting Professor at HEC (French Business College). He has conducted research and published articles on various topics, and in particular on the relationship between text and images.
MSC Cruises S.A.
Chief Communications Officer
Before taking on his current role in March 2015 as Chief Communications Officer for MSC Cruises, the Geneva, Switzerland-based world’s largest privately-owned global cruise line, from 2011 Luca Biondolillo was Group Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Director at Italy-based multinational Benetton Group. Prior to that, since 2004, Luca led communications for eyewear giant, NYSE-listed Luxottica Group, first as Group Director of Corporate and Financial Communications and later, based out of New York, as Group Senior Vice President overseeing the international portion of the company’s communications activities. While on the consulting side, from 1995 Luca worked based out of the U.S. for leading agencies such as Grayling and GolinHarris, before joining in 2003 JPMorgan Chase, the global investment bank. Luca is a member of the Board of the Brussels, Belgium-based European Association of Communications Directors (EACD), as Vice President, and a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) as well as Italy’s association of communications professionals FERPI.
Head of Corporate Communications
Robin Boon, with over 15 years of experience in communications was appointed head of corporate communications at AEGON N.V. in June 2013. Prior to joining AEGON N.V., he was responsible for TNT’s corporate relations from April 2008 until 2011 and thereafter worked as group director of corporate communications at PostNL, which emerged from TNT. In 2004 he was promoted from leading the press department to head of group communications at ABN Amro, where he started to work in 2001.
Director for International Communications
Leslie Crawford is the Director for International Communications at ACCIONA S.A., a Spanish infrastructure and renewable energy group with annual revenues of €6bn+ and more than 30,000 employees in 30 countries. She leads an international communications team based in Madrid, Chicago, Mexico City and Brisbane. She has worked for ACCIONA since 2008. Her role spans external communications and public affairs. Before joining ACCIONA, Leslie was a journalist and foreign correspondent in a career spanning 24 years at Reuters News Agency and the Financial Times. She lives with her partner and two sons in Madrid.
Salvador da Cunha
Salvador da Cunha worked as an economic journalist and editor, and founded many Portuguese economic newspapers. With a vast experience in Corporate Communications, M&A / Financial Communications and Crisis Management, Salvador is the major Shareholder and CEO of Lift World, the biggest and the most awarded “integrated communication group” in Portugal. Salvador is also the Owner and Chairman of Balto Capital, a private equity vehicle to invest in Creative Business.
Founder & Senior Advisor
Kristina Ebenius founded Remedy Communication, a Stockholm-based healthcare communication agency in 2016. Prior to Remedy, Kristina was Director and Nordic Healthcare Practice Leader at MSLGROUP. She joined MSLGROUP in Stockholm through the company’s acquisition of Schwartz Communications in 2011. At Schwartz, Kristina was Executive Vice President and Managing Director Europe. Before she established Schwartz’s European headquarters in Stockholm in 2006, she worked out of the the company’s Boston office for several years. Kristina has also worked at Edelman in Los Angeles and ANPR (Fleishman-Hillard network) in Stockholm. She has won numerous awards for PR and PA campaigns in the US and Europe.
Yasemin Erdemir Guzeloglu
Global Communication and Event Manager BG
Yasemin Erdemir Guzeloglu has held her current position at Turkish Airlines since June 2009. She is responsible for the global communications activities of the Turkish Airlines, which operates in more than 100 countries. Prior to this position, she held various key positions in corporate communications in different sectors such as tourism, leisure, hospitality and consultancy. Guzeloglu has studied Advertising and marketing, and holds an MBA.
Dr Paul Field
Global Head of Patient Relations and Strategic Communications -Thrombosis
Director Communications and Public Relations
Kerstin Floetner is Director Communications and Public Relations for Goodyear in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She works as Communications Management Professional since more than 20 years in international b2b and b2c communications management for leading companies and brands like Tempo, Bitburger and Hewlett-Packard. Her credentials include integrated marketing communication and branding, corporate communication, public relations with key stakeholders, crisis communication and M&A communication.
CEO EMEA/ Global Chief Strategy Officer
Jeremy Galbraith has spent over 20 years helping leading companies and organisations manage critical issues and influence European political processes at European Union and Member State level – to preserve or advance business goals. He was previously the CEO of Burson-Marsteller in Brussels from 2000 to 2007 having first joined Burson-Marsteller in 1995 to head up the UK Public Affairs Practice.
HSBC Holdings plc
Group Managing Director and Group Head of Employee Insight and Communications
Pierre Goad was appointed a Group Managing Director of HSBC Holdings plc in August 2015. Prior to his current role, he served as Group Head of Human Resources and as Group Head of Communications. He was appointed a Group General Manager in 2014. He rejoined HSBC in 2011 from Zurich Insurance Group, where he was Global Head of Corporate Communications.Mr Goad has extensive international experience. He first joined HSBC in 2001 and held a number of strategy and communication roles in London and Hong Kong. Before joining the bank he was a correspondent and editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., The Wall Street Journal in Canada, and The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is a Canadian and British citizen and Hong Kong permanent resident.Mr Goad is also a Board Director of HSBC Bank Canada. He is on the Board of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD) and is founding President of the Asia-Pacific Association of Communication Directors (APACD). He also sits on the London Board of Maggie’s, a UK-based cancer care charity.
Senior Managing Director & Country Head Germany
Lutz Golsch is a Senior Managing Director at global business consultancy FTI Consulting and Head of their Strategic Communications business in Germany. He has been advising major companies and institutions on critical reputational challenges, crisis management and capital markets transactions for more than 18 years. Over the past decade, he has worked on mergers and acquisitions with a combined value of more than 50 billion Euro. Lutz joined FTI Consulting in 2001 after various positions at other communications consultancies.
Mikhailov & Partners
Svetlana has many years of practical experience in management. Since 2011 she has headed up branding agency BTS and research company Knowledge Management Centre. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in management positions at Xerox corporation: from 1998 through 2003 as marketing director at Xerox Russia and CIS; and from 2003, as new business leader for consulting and outsourcing (Xerox Global Services) in Russia, Ukraine and a number of foreign countries (Romania, Bulgaria).Svetlana is a graduate of the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. She also holds an MBA from the International Manchester Business School.
UK Managing Director & Head of Consumer EMEA
Rebecca has led integrated UK, EMEA and global campaigns for clients including Samsung, Pfizer, Microsoft, IHG, Harley-Davidson and EDF Energy. She’s a senior communications specialist developing and executing integrated campaigns that build brand equity and deepen audience engagement.Previously, Rebecca led the C&W Consumer Marketing UK and EMEA practice for five years. During this time, practice revenue trebled with client wins including Newell, Pfizer, Danone, Microsoft Mobile Devices and Twinings. Creative highlights include the global launch of the Samsung GALAXY S III, the world’s best-selling smartphone; Olympic activations for both Scottish Widows and Samsung, winning a gold SABRE award for “Best EMEA Consumer Marketing campaign” and winning a WPPed Cream award for Mission 31 with Microsoft. The team has also been recognised as a finalist for “Consumer Agency of the Year” at the PR Moment awards in 2015, “Specialist Agency of the Year” at the PRCA awards in 2015 and “EMEA Consumer Agency of the Year” at the European Sabres in both 2014 and 2015.Previously to joining C&W, Rebecca was Senior Director and Co-head Consumer Europe at Weber Shandwick. Rebecca started her career at The Red Consultancy. She has an MA (Hons) degree in History of Art from Aberdeen University.
Before joining Sciences Po as communications director in 2013, Jerome had spent 20 years in advertising, as a strategic planner at CLM/BBDO, chief strategist of BETC, and managing director of McCann Paris. He has designed brand strategies and campaigns for clients like Chanel, the Paris Metro, BNP Paribas, Air France, Vivendi, Canal+, Nespresso, Mastercard, and the French Health Department. Jerome is an Alumnus of both Sciences Po and London Business School (where he has earned an MBA). He has taught brand strategy at Sciences Po and has created a course about "risks, fears and alerts" for the Sciences Po school of communications.
Tetra Pak Group
Senior Vice President Communications
Chris Huntley has been Senior Vice President Communications for Tetra Pak International SA, and a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team, since January 2011. He joined the company in Switzerland in 2008, having spent 25 years working in a variety of global communications roles for companies including The Dow Chemical Company, BHP Petroleum, Wimpey Construction and the Subaru World Rally Team.
KPN Royal Dutch Telecom
Director of Corporate Communications
Hans Koeleman is Director Corporate Communications & CSR at KPN since June 2007. Prior to this position, Hans held various key positions in corporate communications in sectors such as retail (Ahold), financial services and transport & logistics. Hans has studied Dutch Language and literature, and holds a MA in Business Communications and a MBA. He is regional coordinator for the EACD in the Netherlands, Chairman of the Dutch PR Awards, Board Member of Esprix (the Dutch Marketing Communication Awards) and member of the Arthur W. Page Society.
International Committee of the Red Cross
Director Communication & Information Dept
Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet began her career at the ICRC in 1993, spending six years in various conflict-affected countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and Tajikistan. She currently heads a team of 180 at ICRC headquarters in Geneva as Director of Communication and Information Management.
With a diverse background in communications, marketing, advertising, and pure play digital, Marshall looks after Ogilvy’s teams of social experts in more than 40 offices across the region.Marshall has helped a wide range of major companies and brands develop successful social media strategies. At Ogilvy, Marshall is responsible for social media planning and execution for BP, Nestle, Puma, Purina, and others.Previously, Marshall led global social media brand assignments for Dove, HP, and Johnnie Walker. He has also provided real-time crisis counsel to Diageo and the BBC.Marshall recently authored a widely-referenced Ogilvy “red paper” called Facebook Zero, which evaluated the consequences of the decline in organic reach for branded Facebook communities.
Plan International Norway
Head of Communication
Siv Meisingseth works as Head of Communication for Plan International Norway. Siv is educated as a journalist and has worked in NRK, the National Broadcasting, for 15 years. Siv has also had the position as Head of Communication for the airline SAS for 7 years and she has worked as communications director for Norges Bank, Norway’s central bank, for 7 years. Siv has also been partner in the communications agency Corporate Communications for one year.
President + CEO, London & Global Chair, Creative Strategy
Richard is President and CEO of H+K Strategies in London, and Global Chair, Creative Strategy. He sits on the company's Global Council. As leader of the agency, Richard is responsible for its commercial performance, creative output and its talent...ensuring the agency is equipped to answer its clients evolving marketing and communications challenges.Previously, Richard held a number of marketing and trading positions at Habitat having joined the retailer from H+K Strategies in '96 before 'coming home' in '04. Through both lives at H+K Strategies, Richard has led the adidas account...a relationship that the agency is proud to have fostered for more than 19 years.Richard is a Graduate of the University of Manchester, and Fellow of the RSA. In 2012 he was the inaugural President of the PR Jury at Dubai Lynx, and in 2011 was a Juror at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
EVP & Regional Director EMEA
With 20 years of communications experience, Cecile is an expert in strategic communications and has in-depth expertise in implementing high-impact PR campaigns for global brands.She is passionate about people, connections, interaction and counsels her clients on how to best engage with their targeted audiences. She believes the human element is fundamental in all communications campaigns: audience behavior should be at the center of all storylines and communication strategies.Cecile’s PR experience has focused on fields relating to technology and innovation and has included years of consulting in both France and the United States.She has worked both in-house and on the agency side for companies such as IBM, Skype, PayPal, SanDisk, AMD and Philips.
Michael Murphy & Ltd
Michael has had a long career in public relations holding a number of senior positions. He now runs his own consulting practice and has an international portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles helping marketing consultancies and clients. He is a fellow of The Institute of Public Relations, a member of The Superbrands Council and a Governor of London Metropolitan University.
Cargill Texturizers, Starches & Sweeteners
Global Communication Director
Multilingual, global experienced senior corporate & marketing communication professional with proven B2B and B2C expertise in food & health ingredients, FMCG and services.Successful track record as cross regional and functional team leader in corporate, internal and change communication, issues & crisis management, marketing communication, CSR and market intelligence for Cargill, Südzucker-Beneo, Coca Cola, Master Foods, Danone, Sandoz Nutrition and others. Able to manage change successfully within different businesses, cultures and regions - lead by influence and coaching.Key achievements include change communication endorsing business and culture turnaround of Cargill’s businesses, founding of Beneo/Orafti as prebiotic market leader on global food market, launch of Beneo’s branded ingredient program and positioning of Actimel (DANONE) in Europe.Master’s degree of the University of Leuven, Master in Marketing (Ehsal/Brussels), Black Belt in Internal Communication of Melcrum and various people, leadership, communication and marketing programs.
Rose de la Pascua
Chair of Spain & Executive Vice President Europe
Rose de la Pascua is based in Madrid where she is Chair of Spain and Executive Vice President Europe. She is responsible for the growth, management and strategic direction of the Spanish operation and acts as senior counsel to a number of strategic clients. She proactively represents the company through regional business partnerships, external relations and supports the management and growth of the CE business, practices and international clients. This is her second tenure at Weber Shandwick. Initially, she opened the first Shandwick office in Madrid and as Managing Director headed up the operation, supervised client service quality and led new business efforts.
Global Communications Director
Responsible for global communications for the eDreams ODIGEO group, both internal and external, and its five leading travel brands.Perpiñá-Robert joins eDreams ODIGDEO from Spanish luxury fashion business Puig where she was Director of Internal Corporate Communications. She has over twenty years of experience in corporate, consumer, online and crisis communication including senior management roles at Burson-Marsteller and Autocontrol, the Spanish advertising self-regulation organisation. Born in Munich and of Spanish nationality, Monica has a degree in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and Master in Business Management by IESE Business School. She is fluent in Spanish, English, German and French.
President and CEO
Catalina Rousseau is a Senior Member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and Director of Superbrands Romania since 2005. She previously worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte & Touche.
Senior Director of Campaigns and Communications
Thomas Schultz-Jagow is the Senior Director of Campaigns and Communications at Amnesty International. He leads on the organization's brand strategy, global campaigns, communications and media strategies as well as language services. He is a key spokesperson on Amnesty International's campaigns and on organizational issues. 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.
Peggy Simcic Brønn
BI Norwegian School of Management
Professor, Department of Communication and Culture
Dr. Simcic Brønn is Professor of Communication and Leadership in the Institute of Communication and Culture at the Norwegian Business School where she is head of the Centre for Corporate Communication and co-chair of the Master of Management program in Corporate Communication Management. Her career includes extensive research and publishing within the field. She is associate editor of Journal of Communication Management.
Head of Communications
Jon leads the Foundation’s communications planning and activities, and coordinates strategic communications with grantees and stakeholders within the IKEA Group. Jon has had a wide-ranging career developing communications and public affairs programmes for some of the world’s most recognised brands, including Pfizer, Ford Motor Co., Visiting Nurses of America and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jon was deputy political director for US businessman Mitt Romney’s successful gubernatorial campaign and served as deputy director of the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation for former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Jon has an MPA in International Public and Non-profit Management from New York University.
Executive Director, International and Member of Global Leadership Team
Martina Tydecks, executive director, international and chairwoman of APCO’s offices in Germany, is a member and coordinator of APCO’s Global Leadership Team and supports APCO's business in Europe as well as internationally in the firm’s emerging markets. Having first joined APCO in 2000, Ms. Tydecks founded APCO’s operations in Germany, where she grew the business to become one of the most profitable markets at APCO. She served as managing director until the end of 2013. With more than 30 years of consulting experience, she specializes in issue management, strategic alliances, coalition building, corporate positioning, crisis management and media relations. She has managed many high-profile public affairs and media campaigns.
Núria Vilanova Giralt
Núria Vilanova is the founder and chairman of ATREVIA, the largest Communication Consultancy in Spain, with a presence in 11 countries and president of the Iberian Chapter of the Latin American Business Council (CEAL), among other organizations. ATREVIA is the new brand of Inforpress, a communications consultancy company with more than 25 years of experience on its sector with. Vilanova is committed to the development of knowledge, business platforms and social responsibility. She is a board member of the Círculo de Empresarios and secretary of the board at the Fundación España-Colombia. In her role as President of CEAL Ibérico (The Iberian Chapter of the Business Council of Latin America), promotes relationships between the leaders of the largest Ibero-American companies, with the aim of positioning Spain as a platform for their internationalization. Vilanova founded and is co-President of the Foro del Buen Gobierno y Accionariado, and the Observatorio de Comunicación Interna e Identidad Corporativa. 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 de Oro from the Forum de Alta Dirección in 2014 and the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award in 2009. She features on the list of the 10 most influential CEOs on social networks in Spain.
Martin von Arronet
SVP Corporate Communications
Martin von Arronet is SVP Corporate Communications at Electrolux including responsibilities for public affairs and sustainability affairs. He has, prior to Electrolux, a background as a communication professional within the energy sector, the telecom industry and politics.
Senior Vice President, Global Integrated Communications
In September 2014, Edward Walsh joined Royal Philips as SVP global integrated communications, a newly created position covering external communications, including financial communications, industry analyst relations, as well as employee and executive communications. Prior to that, Mr, Walsh was managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Europe region. As well as day-to-day management of the Europe business, he lead some of APCO’s largest multi-office client accounts and was actively involved in business development and operational management in the region. Mr. Walsh specializes in corporate communication and has extensive experience in integrated campaigns spanning internal and external audiences in the consumer goods, energy, information technology and health care sectors. Formally a Public Affairs consultant in Brussels, Mr Walsh, who holds dual British and French nationalities, also has over 10 years’ experience with IBM corporate communications.
Vice President Communications
Johan Willems was appointed Vice President Communications of Opel Group GmbH on July 1, 2014. Previously he had been a Member of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG responsible for communications of the tradition-rich Opel and Vauxhall brands since February 1, 2012.Willems has a long track record at Opel and GM. In 1992, he began his career at Opel Belgium in Antwerp. From February 2005 to November 2007 he was in charge of product and brand communications of Opel/Vauxhall and GM Europe. Willems was then summoned to GM’s headquarters in Detroit, where he assumed the role of Director Global Environmental and Advanced Propulsion Communications. He then moved to GM’s International Operations offices in Shanghai, China, where he held the position of Vice President Communications.Born on April 9, 1960, Johan Willems is a Belgian national. Apart from his Dutch mother tongue, he also speaks French, German and English fluently. Willems began his career as an automotive journalist.
Executive Vice President, EMEA & APAC
Andres heads up the LEWIS operations in all offices in the EMEA (European Continent, UK and Middle East) and APAC regions, and handles partnerships with other agencies in Africa and Latin America. Andres is also Head of the Partner Group at LEWIS. He joined LEWIS in 1997, and subsequently founded the German subsidiary, LEWIS Communications GmbH, in Munich. Andres headed this office until January 2003 when he started increasing his international remit at LEWIS. Before joining the agency, Andres was a journalist writing for titles like DIE WELT, F.A.Z. and STERN before working as an account manager at EDITOR Consulting & Communication (today part of A&B ONE), a Munich-based high-tech PR agency for consumer and corporate accounts. His work includes leading campaigns for companies like DER Touristik, Logitech, NEC, salesforce.com, Siemens, Texas Instruments and Toshiba.
Executive VP & Senior Partner, Regional Director
Caroline Wunnerlich is Executive Vice-President & Senior Partner, Regional Director for FleishmanHillard EMEA and Managing Director of FleishmanHillard Brussels. She serves on the EMEA Operations Committee of FleishmanHillard and is Co-Chair of the Global Public Affairs practice group.Since joining in 1992 Caroline has been instrumental in the rapid growth of FleishmanHillard’s Brussels office, advising clients across a range of sectors on representing their interests at EU level.In addition to her responsibilities at FleishmanHillard, she is also a former lecturer in public affairs at the Management Centre Europe in Brussels; former Council Member for Belgium of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA); and a Member of the American European Community Association (AECA). From 2010-2015 she served as Vice Chair on the Management Committee of EPACA (European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association).