Shandwick’s Harvey tempted by GPC offer

GPC Market Access, the largest specialist public affairs agency in Brussels, has poached Louise Harvey from Shandwick Brussels, where she was managing director of the public affairs division.

GPC Market Access, the largest specialist public affairs agency in

Brussels, has poached Louise Harvey from Shandwick Brussels, where she

was managing director of the public affairs division.



Harvey joins as a director and will report to GPC’s Brussels MD Caroline

Wunnerlich. Harvey worked at the Foreign Office for 13 years, and was

posted as a diplomat to Tanzania and The Hague.



She joined Shandwick in 1985 and was one of the founding directors of

Shandwick public affairs unit in London. In 1991 she was appointed

Shandwick’s country manager in Holland. She founded the Brussels

business in 1995.



The public affairs division now employs seven people and its clients

include North West Airlines, 3i and Compaq.



Shandwick director Douwe Cosijn will replace Harvey as MD. He joined the

agency in January this year from the Brussels office of law firm

Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly, where he was a consultant specialising

in EU policy.



In November last year GPC poached Maria Laptev, the divisional director

of Charles Barker’s Brussels office. Laptev joined GPC after almost ten

years with Charles Barker. She joined as a director and is responsible

for external affairs with central Europe and Canada.



GPC has a fee income of pounds 3 million in Brussels, and employs 35

consultants.



The agency has a network of affiliated public affairs agencies across

Europe. Brussels clients include Sainsbury’s and the Association of

Plastic Manufacturers in Europe.



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