Westbourne Communications opens Brussels office and makes two hires

Westbourne Communications has boosted its European operations by hiring two European Union experts and opening an office in Brussels.

Christiaan Weiland: Has been appointed associate partner
Christiaan Weiland: Has been appointed associate partner
Former senior policy adviser at FleishmanHillard, Christiaan Weiland, has been appointed associate partner and will focus on public affairs for both US and European clients.

His clients include the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, which has taken on Westbourne as a retained agency. He will also be responsible for contributing to the international expansion of Westbourne.

He will be supported by account executive Johannes Pelkonen, who joins from the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. He  will focus on European and UK public affairs as well as the expansion of Westbourne.  

Both will divide their time between London and the new office in Brussels. 

Westbourne MD James Bethell said: "There’s not a major issue facing British business that does not have a Brussels dimension to it and we are tooling up to meet our clients’ needs and helping to increase their European Union influence."

Last month, Westbourne hired former home secretary Jacqui Smith to head up its public affairs practice.

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