Our esteemed communications specialists, from the perspective of both in-house and agency communication departments, have been carefully selected as Jury members for the European Excellence Awards to ensure a fair and balanced evaluation of all applications. 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.
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.
International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
Head of Communications
Edna Ayme-Yahil is Head of Communications at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the world’s leading human rights and rule of law organization dedicated exclusively to helping governments address missing persons issues arising from conflict, human rights abuses, irregular migration, organized crime, disasters and other causes.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 EIT Digital, 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 on the Board of 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 the Netherlands with her French husband and one daughter.
SVP & 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.
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.
Iain Bundred works across strategic media projects at Ogilvy. He has more than a decade of experience working in political communications as a former adviser to Prime Ministers in the UK and Middle East and six years working as a senior consultant within the WPP group.As Managing Director of the region, Iain provides strategic counsel to global brand accounts, leading the client work on the company’s largest accounts in the UK and beyond.Recent clients include Coca-Cola, Huawei and the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. In recent years, Iain has also led campaigns for the UK Government, EU Institutions and public sector bodies in Africa and the Middle East, as well as crisis counsel for the world’s largest white goods and oil and gas companies.Since 2015, Iain has also been supporting Ogilvy’s brand clients across Sub-Saharan Africa as Head of Strategy for Ogilvy Africa PR and was recently asked to join the Ogilvy Africa Exco.Previously at 10 Downing Street, Iain led the Government’s media and communications planning as Chief Spokesperson to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Iain began his career as a researcher and press officer at the Labour Party. He holds a BSc in Government from the LSE.
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.
CEO & Co-Founder
Andreas Fischer-Appelt (born 1964) is the co-founder of fischerAppelt AG, one of the largest owner-managed agencies in Germany. Starting out as an agency for Public Relations in 1986, fischerAppelt has now grown to a group of eight specialized units that work across disciplines to develop and implement excellent PR and marketing communications. This passion is shared by over 400 employees in the core-disciplines Public Relations, Film, and Digital Marketing at nine locations worldwide.Andreas studied business administration at the University of Hamburg and economics and politics at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, U.S. He is a specialist for brand management, corporate communications and dedicated to consultancy for big business as well as for start-ups. He has been awarded with several PR prizes such as the Cannes Lions, the European Excellence Awards and the London International Awards.
Director PR & Communications EMEA
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.
Group Managing Director and Group Head of Employee Insight and Communications
Pierre Goad was appointed a Group Managing Director of HSBC 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.
Lars Erik Grønntun
Chairman & CEO
Lars Erik Grønntun is Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Chairman, Norway. He is an internationally respected client counsellor and strategic communications expert. He advises clients and coaches CEOs on public and governmental affairs, corporate and financial communications, and issues management.To his client counselling, Lars Erik brings extensive experience from working with executives in a variety of sectors, especially oil and gas, telecom and banking. He is a sought-after public speaker on reputation management in all its facets, and takes a special interest in the intersection of public demands for transparency, business needs and the democratisation of the media landscape through the digital evolution.Lars Erik founded Gambit in Norway in 1995, the dominant communication agency in Norway. In 2002 the company merged with H+K. Lars Erik has previously served in H+K’s EMEA Council, and from 2011, when he was appointed to the global leadership group, until 2014, he headed up our operations in BENELUX, the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia and the CIS. Lars Erik also serves in the firm’s business ethics committee.
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
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.
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.
Head of PR and Communications EMEA
Nick Morris is Head of PR and Communications for Dropbox in EMEA. He was the company’s first Comms person out side the US and is responsible for PR and Analyst Relations programs in the UK, DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), France, Benelux, Nordics, Southern Europe, Ireland and Israel. Prior to Dropbox, Nick spent seven years at Microsoft in the UK as Head of Cloud PR (previously Head of Business PR) and produced two books on the intersection of work, technology and society with the company’s ‘Chief Envisioning Officer’. Nick started his career in a number of PR agencies and set up his own business, dogandbone PR, before moving in-house to join Microsoft.
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 supporting communications, 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.
Rose de la Pascua
Chair of Spain & EVP 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.
Mikhailov & Partners
Ellen Pinchuk manages the development and implementation of programs for the positioning of Russian companies and their senior management abroad.Ellen came to Russia in 1991 from California to make television programs for international stations. In 1999, she began working as a producer, and then as a reporter and bureau-chief, for CTV Canada in Moscow. Ellen covered many important stories in Russia and the CIS countries. She reported on the Chechen conflict, the problems of North Ossetia, space tourism, energy, and sports. She has also worked as a special correspondent for CTV in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. Among her achievements are interviews with Viktor Yushchenko and Yasser Arafat.From 2007–2009, Ellen was a correspondent for Bloomberg News TV in Moscow. During that time, she arranged interviews with several senior Russian businessmen and politicians, including Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. Ellen’s work has been lauded by the journalistic community, twice being the recipient of the New York Press Club Journalism Award.Ellen began her career in strategic communications in 2010 when she joined the Mikhailov & Partners team.Ellen holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Literature and a Master’s degree with honors in History from Harvard University.
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.
CEO for Continental Europe
As Grayling’s CEO for Continental Europe, Jan Simunek has responsibility for more than 20 offices in 18 countries. He has worked for Grayling for 20 years. He held country management positions in the Czech Republic / Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey before assuming overall responsibility for Grayling’s network across Central and Eastern Europe in 2010. In 2014, his role expanded to include the DACH region and, in 2015, the rest of Continental Europe was added to his regional responsibilities. Jan is a member of Grayling’s International Board. He is a graduate of UCLA.
VP PR & Communications JAPAC & EMEA
Award winning leader with 21 years’ experience across technology, engineering, manufacturing, aerospace and automotive sectors as well as corporate brand building. Proven track record of change management, team transformation and integrated communications. Extensive experience working with global companies and campaigns having lived in US, South Africa and UK as well as pan-EMEA, US and global work for IBM, Microsoft, MediaTek, HP, AMD, Honeywell Aerospace & Turbo, BMC and AVG. Skilled strategist, executive counsellor and people leader with a practical approach to delivery.
Strong business management skills and commercial mindset having successfully run EMEA regional business of six offices (London, Paris, Munich, Brussels, Geneva and Johannesburg) as well as three roles as GM in New York, Boston and Johannesburg.
Excellent change management experience and proven track record of delivering turn-around successes from under-performing or poorly directed businesses and teams. Pragmatist able to drive strategic direction, deliver results and build strong teams across multiple markets.
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.
Founding Chairman of the Awards, Head of Communication & Strategy Management
Marc-Oliver Voigt has worked as a Writer for the Financial Times Deutschland, and became Editor-in-Chief of Communication Director in 2006. He is Head of Communication & Strategy Management at specialty chemicals group LANXESS and is a founding Jury member of the Excellence Awards.
SVP and Head of 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.
Cohn & Wolfe
UK CEO & EMEA Managing Director
Scott Wilson is UK CEO and EMEA Managing Director of Cohn & Wolfe Group and sits on C&W’s Global Board. An ex-journalist, he has more than 20 years’ experience in public relations, starting his career in corporate communications and strategic media, before moving on to specialise in consumer marketing and integrated brand communications. Scott joined C&W in 2010 and, in his role of UK CEO, has presided over six consecutive years of double-digit growth. Creatively, C&W EMEA is also performing at the top of its game, sharing 21 Cannes Lions in the last two years. In 2017 Cohn & Wolfe was also named European Creative Consultancy of the year at the European Sabre Awards, and has been shortlisted for Large Agency of the Year at the 2017 PR Week Awards. Prior to joining C&W, Scott worked at Porter Novelli before joining Weber Shandwick where he rose to lead the agency’s European Consumer Marketing business. Specialising in developing creative brand campaigns at scale Scott has won industry honours for blue-chip clients including Colgate-Palmolive, Toyota Motor Europe, Pfizer, KFC and Universal Films. Scott graduated in History from the University of London.
EVP 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.
EVP & 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).