H&K promotes key European figures

Hill & Knowlton has promoted three of its senior figureheads in a bid to coordinate European strategy in three key areas.

Brussels public affairs MD Philippe Blanchard, UK corporate affairs head Andrew Pharoah and EMEA vice president of client development Amanda Groty have joined the agency's 10-strong European executive committee with expanded roles.

Blanchard joins the committee as EMEA head of public affairs, while Pharoah takes on the title of head of corporate practice, EMEA.

Pharoah takes the position formerly held by H&K EMEA chairman and CEO Andrew Laurence, which Laurence has been covering since taking over as EMEA CEO.

Similarly, Blanchard takes over as EMEA head of public affairs practice, a position held previously by H&K global PA head and Brussels CEO Elaine Cruikshanks. She took on her present role in January last year.

Pharoah and Blanchard will retain their existing UK responsibilities.

While Blanchard will report to Laurence and Cruikshanks, Pharoah will report to Laurence and global corporate practice head Harlan Teller.

The trio will represent the views of local heads of corporate, PA and client development in the 22 countries where H&K has a presence in the EMEA region.

Laurence said the strategy was to 'enhance our offer across the region' because of 'increasingly complex' client demands.

H&K's main PA clients in the EMEA region include easyJet, The Maldives Government and DirectLine. EMEA corporate clients include The Diamond Trading Company, which is part of DeBeers. Groty will continue to manage H&K's relationship with retained client Hewlett Packard.

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