Charles Barker considers Euro lobbying options

Charles Barker is to expand its European lobbying operation following the departure of Brussels divisional director Maria Laptev.

Charles Barker is to expand its European lobbying operation

following the departure of Brussels divisional director Maria

Laptev.



Chief executive Tim Sutton is considering a number of options including

finding a straight replacement for Laptev, hiring more staff to

complement the five-strong Brussels team, or acquiring another agency.

Charles Barker’s parent, Bozell Sawyer Miller Group, which has a big

lobbying operation in Washington, wants stronger links with the Brussels

office.



Laptev joined the Belgian office of GPC Market Access Europe this week

as a director with responsibility for external affairs with central

Europe and Canada, where the agency’s parent, GPC Canada, is based.



Until Charles Barker finds a new Brussels head, the office, which Laptev

founded in 1990, will be managed by London-based public affairs director

Evie Soames and corporate affairs managing director Nan Williams.



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