BRUSSELS: Public affairs shop GPC has promoted two members of staff
to head sectoral practices. Michelle Gibbons has been promoted to head
the food health and consumer practice, the agency’s second largest in
Until now board director Thomas Bols had overall responsibility for this
practice, but Bols will now assume a more hands-off role.
Gibbons joined GPC in 1997 and has been running client accounts for
Sainsbury’s and Scottish and Newcastle since then. She is also in charge
of GPC’s relations with its Irish partner consultancy, Political
Sylvain Lhote has become joint head of GPC’s environmental practice
alongside senior consultant Agathe Jagiella. Jagiella has been in
control of this unit on her own since the departure of former practice
head Louise Tinkler to an associate directorship in London earlier this
Lhote also joined the agency in 1997, from the Belgian office of oil
company Elf Aquitaine. His main client to date is the Association of
Plastics Manfacturers in Europe. He is also working on integrating the
work of Paris’ Communication and Institutions, an agency in which GPC
took a stake last month. Both practice heads will report to GPC Brussels
managing director Caroline Wunnerlich.
- GPC’s North American office has appointed John Huenemann as
vice-president of international trade reporting to CEO Thomas O’Neill.
Huenemann was in the Office of the US Trade Representative for 15 years,
most recently as assistant US trade representative for North American
affairs. He served as chief strategist and negotiator for the North
American Free Trade Agreement talks.