Chris Philipsborn, who joins in late September, will be responsible for the organisation's interaction with European businesses, research institutions, NGOs and governments. He will also identify potential speakers, members and donors and take charge of raising the group's profile in Europe.
Philipsborn will work three days a week between Salzburg Seminar's HQ in Austria and London.
‘Very few institutions in Europe can bring the most senior global players together, with speakers ranging from US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Hillary Clinton, the Prince of Wales, member state presidents, and EU Commissioners,' he said.
He left BT at the end of 2005 after seven years with the firm. As head of European PA he covered 14 countries, reporting to director of PA Sandy Walkington. Since the beginning of the year he has worked as a freelance writer.
Founded in 1947 with a brief to foster intellectual discussion between students, the Salzburg Seminar is based in Austria and Washington DC. Recent seminars have tackled the conflict in the Middle East.