Public Affairs: Hill & Knowlton hires Tony Blair's former EU adviser

BRUSSELS/LONDON: Hill & Knowlton has lured Sir Stephen Wall, the Prime Minister's former principal adviser on the European Union, to be its chairman of public affairs EMEA.

Wall, who has for the past year acted as adviser to the Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, joins on 1 July on a three-day-a-week contract. He will report jointly to the head of H&K's global PA practice Elaine Cruikshanks and EMEA chairman and CEO Andrew Lawrence, who described Wall's hire as 'a major coup'.

Cruikshanks said: 'With uncertainty on the future of the EU, trusted advisers with first-hand experience to guide clients through the maze are hard to come by.'

According to the agency, Wall will 'leverage H&K's capabilities in Brussels, London and other European Union capitals'.

A keen backer of the European constitution, Wall advised Tony Blair on EU matters for four years. He quit the post in 2004, ending a 30-year career in central government.

During that time he has been a private secretary to former prime minister John Major, and principal private secretary to former foreign secretaries Geoffrey Howe, Major and Douglas Hurd.

Wall entered the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a press officer in 1974.

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