BRUSSELS: Global public affairs consultancy GPC has appointed a new
head for its Information Society and Communication Technologies practice
Mark Reilly started last week, reporting to former practice head and new
vice-chairman of public affairs for GPC Brussels, Maria Laptev.
Reilly joins from Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic
development agency. He has served the Glasgow-based body for more than
11 years, latterly as team leader in charge of attracting foreign direct
investment to the country from the IT and manufacturing sectors.
Between 1994 and 1997, Reilly was seconded to the directorate general
for industry at the European Commission, where he headed research
projects in manufacturing technologies.
In a career spanning almost 20 years, Reilly has also worked for BAe
Sema in research into artificial intelligence computer applications. His
areas of expertise are said by GPC to be economic development and
monitoring technology trends.
Clients at the practice he will lead include healthcare giant Johnson
and Johnson, for whom the agency advises on public affairs aspects of
the emerging e-commerce legal framework.
Its flagship client is the Recording Industry Association of Europe, a
trade body representing major media companies such as Sony, TDK, Fuji,
Kodak and Imation.
GPC, a Canadian-based Omnicom subsidiary, also covers environment and
trade lobbying, transport issues and the defence industry.