Edelman has poached a consultant with Brussels-based lobbying agency
Belmont European Community Affairs consultant Constance Kann to head up
its operations in the Belgian capital and manage the agency’s public
affairs work across Europe.
Kann, who has been at Belmont for four years, becomes manager of
Edelman’s Brussels office and senior vice president of public affairs
for Europe from 15 July. She will report to Michel Ogrizek, the agency’s
president and chief executive for Europe.
A trained lawyer and former officer at the European Commission, Kann has
gained extensive lobbying experience working on behalf of US fruit
exporter Chiquita on the complex issue of banana exports to the European
President and co-chief executive officer of Edelman Worldwide Richard
Edelman said that Kann’s appointment would help to revitalise the
Brussels branch. The office has been without a managing director since
January when Julian Oliver quit to join Whirlpool as its first European
head of communications (PR Week, 8 December 1995).
He explained that Ogrizek would also divide his time between Brussels
and Edelman’s European headquarters in Paris in an effort to kick start
the company’s flagging performance in the European public affairs
‘We want to get involved in the major trade issues in Europe and also
give support to clients on technical and agricultural issues,’ said
‘This appointment is core to our strategy for Europe. Our first year in
Brussels was disappointing but we are optimistic that the next phase
will be more successful.’
Launched in January 1995 with a staff of five, Edelman’s Brussels office
generated fee income of dollars 500,000 (pounds 333,000) last year.
Clients include Fuji and Viacom. Edelman claimed that fee income would
double this year and hinted that Kann may bring new business with her