NEWS: Edelman poaches Kann to boost Brussels operations

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.

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

Union.



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

sector.



‘We want to get involved in the major trade issues in Europe and also

give support to clients on technical and agricultural issues,’ said

Edelman.



‘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

from Belmont.



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