BRUSSELS: Hill & Knowlton has appointed Elaine Cruikshanks as its first chairman and chief executive of continental western Europe.
Cruikshanks is promoted after three years as vice-chairman of H&K's Brussels-based worldwide public affairs practice. She now has the additional responsibility of overseeing business in France, Germany and The Netherlands.
The promotion is part of an expansion by the agency across Europe. This year it opened an office in Berlin, headed by Michael Schroder, CEO for Germany.
Cruikshanks moved to Brussels in 1984 where she worked as second secretary of external trade at Britain's permanent representation to the European Community. She previously worked as a retail business analyst.
She reports to Paul Taaffe, H&K International president.
'Elaine has a distinguished track record having turned H&K Brussels into one of our most successful operations globally,'said Taaffe.