People

Our Global Team

Siegmar Mosdorf

Siegmar Mosdorf

Partner,

Parl. State Secretary (retd.)

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Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell

Partner

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Callum Laidlaw

Senior Consultant

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Knut Engelmann

Knut Engelmann

Partner

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Claire Maloney

Partner

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Sunanda Rao-Erdem

Sunanda Rao-Erdem

Managing Director

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Natali Brandis

Natali Brandis

Partner

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Liam Clark

Liam Clark

Director

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Lucy Cording

Lucy Cording

Director

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Thomas Empt

Managing Director, Member of the Board

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Simon Evans

Simon Evans

Director

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Dominic Laurie

Dominic Laurie

Senior Consultant

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Otto Fricke

Otto Fricke

Partner

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Michael Kinirons

Michael Kinirons

Senior Consultant

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Elvira Eilert Pignal

Managing Director

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Dr Hanns R Glatz

Dr. Hanns Glatz

Representative for EU Affairs

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Julian Hill

Director

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Antonia Munte

Senior Consultant

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Roland Klein

Roland Klein

Partner

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Norbert Selle_final

Norbert Selle

Senior Consultant

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Sabine Riemenschneider

Sabine Riemenschneider

Director

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Jochen

Dr. Jochen Legewie

Partner, Chairman Asia

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Torben Gosau

Torben Gosau

Director

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Yasemin Sancak

HR Director

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David Kingsmille-Moore

David Kingsmill-Moore

Managing Director

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Ulrich von Rotenhan

Ulrich von Rotenhan

Senior Consultant

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Judith Mayer

Senior Consultant

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Bernhard Meising

Bernhard Meising

CEO, Partner

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Mami Kato

Mami Kato

Senior Consultant

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Dr Peter Bialas

Associate Partner

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Kevin Soady

Kevin Soady

Partner

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Udo van Kampen

Associate Partner

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Jacqueline Hénard

Managing Director

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Marie von Bismarck

Director

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Harald Kinzler

Partner

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Ben Curson

Ben Curson

Partner

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Barbara Springer_cmyk

Barbara Rauscher

Director Finance and Controlling

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Alwin Binder_cmyk

Alwin Binder

Senior Consultant

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Dr Christoph Walther

Dr. Christoph Walther

Founding Partner

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Oliver Mann_cmyk

Oliver Mann

Partner

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Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan

Partner

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Sigmund Gottlieb

Sigmund Gottlieb

Associate Partner

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Maria Grimberg

Maria Grimberg

Partner

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Max Hohenberg

Max Hohenberg

Partner

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Lars Lindblad

Lars Lindblad

Deputy Managing Director

 

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Per Ola Bosson

Per Ola Bosson

Partner

 

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Malin Lundin

Malin Lundin

Director

 

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Klas Landelius

Klas Landelius

Director

 

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Anders Lindberg

Anders Lindberg

Partner

 

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Natali Brandis

Natali Brandis

Partner

+49(0) 89 599 458 143

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Natali Brandis is Partner at CNC and based in Munich. Natali’s focus is on change, crisis and corporate communications and she has 16 years of experience in communications.

Before CNC she worked at Volkswagen AG in a number of different positions, e.g. press officer for the Auto 5000 in Wolfsburg, running the press office of Volkswagen in Hannover and as a technical officer for cultural communication. Prior to this she worked in the department of internal communication of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt.

Natali studied Media Sciences as well as Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Leipzig.

 
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Thomas Empt

Managing Director

+49(0) 89 599 458 0

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Thomas Empt is Managing Director based in Munich.

At CNC, Thomas is in particular responsible for litigation PR, crisis PR and compliance communications and has extensive experience as a corporate spokesperson.

Prior to joining CNC, he was Head of Communications for the real estate and beverage divisions within the Schörghuber Group, Munich. He started his career as Head of Corporate Communications at BetaResearch.

Thomas studied Physics at the University of Cologne and worked for various business magazines, continuing as a freelance journalist afterwards.

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Knut Engelmann

Knut Engelmann

Partner

+49 (0)69 5060 375 70

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Knut Engelmann is Partner at CNC. He specialises in financial and corporate communications as head of CNC’s Frankfurt office.

Knut has a broad network of top-level contacts in the international media scene, within companies and in the political sphere, which he uses to advise clients on capital markets transactions, financial and crisis communications, as well as in reputation and CEO positioning mandates.

Prior to joining CNC, Knut spent more than 20 years in high-profile roles in international finance and business journalism, including various leadership roles at global news agency Reuters as well as at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in both Germany and the United States.

Knut holds degrees from the University of London as well as New York University.

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Siegmar Mosdorf

Siegmar Mosdorf

Partner, Parl. State Secretary (retd.)

+49 (0) 30 408 17 66 0

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Siegmar Mosdorf is Partner at CNC and based in Berlin.

Prior to joining CNC, he was a Member of the German Bundestag for 12 years and was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, and worked as aerospace coordinator for the Federal Government.

Siegmar is involved in multiple advisory boards and institutions.

Siegmar studied Law, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Constance.

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Dr Christoph Walther

Dr. Christoph Walther

Founding Partner

+49(0) 49 89 599 458 101

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Dr. Christoph Walther is a founding partner of CNC AG, based in Munich.

From 1995 to 2002 he was Senior Vice President and Head of Communications at Daimler-Benz/DaimlerChrysler. Between 1987 and 1995 he was responsible for public affairs and communications and served as General Legal Counsel for Reemtsma Cigarettenfabrik, the world’s fifth largest cigarette manufacturer.

Dr. Walther studied Law in Munich, Geneva and Hamburg. In 1988 he received his Doctorate in Law on a thesis on election campaign law.

Dr. Walther is an alumnus of INSEAD (IEP 1990) and Harvard Business School (OPM 43).

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Otto Fricke

Otto Fricke

Partner

+49(0) 49 30 4081 766 32

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Otto Fricke is a CNC Partner based in Berlin.

Before joining CNC in 2014, he was a member of the German Bundestag for 11 years.

Between 2005 and 2009 he was chairman of the budget committee and from 2009 until 2013 whip of the FDP parliamentary group as well as chairman of the German–Dutch parliamentarian group.

Otto studied Law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and was active in Duesseldorf / Krefeld / Kleve during his clerkship. He has been a lawyer in Krefeld since 1995.

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Dr Hanns R Glatz

Dr. Hanns Glatz

Representative for EU Affairs

+32(0) 81 3 5156 1

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Dr Hanns Glatz is CNC’s representative for EU Affairs in Brussels.

With his 40 years career as a “business diplomat”, Dr. Glatz has a profound knowledge of the political processes in the EU.

From 1989 until October 2009, Dr. Glatz was responsible for Daimler’s relations with the EU. Dr. Glatz worked at Ford Europe for nine years, and then established the federation of EU National Associations of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, which he headed for ten years as Secretary General.

Dr. Glatz studied Law and Economics at the University of Vienna and the College of Europe in Bruges.

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Roland Klein

Roland Klein

Partner

+44(0) 203 817 99 20

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Roland Klein is a founding partner of CNC based in London and focusses in cross-border transactions, financial communication and corporate communications.

Prior to founding CNC, he was a member of the executive board of LM Ericsson AB in London and Stockholm, where he was responsible for corporate communications and IR. He has held various positions in the communications department of Daimler-Benz/DaimlerChrysler for seven years and worked as a financial journalist for, among others, FAZ, Börsen-Zeitung and manager magazin in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, New York and London.

Roland studied Economics in Stuttgart and completed postgraduate programmes at Harvard and the University of Southern California.

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Jochen 

Dr. Jochen Legewie

Partner, Chairman Asia

+81(0) 3 5156 0186

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Dr. Jochen Legewie heads the CNC office in Japan since 2004 and also serves as CNC Chairman Asia.

He advises multinational firms on complex positioning mandates and is one of Japan’s top M&A-PR advisors according to mergermarket..

He is one of the few foreign trustees of Keizai Doyukai (Japanese Association of Corporate Executives) and Vice-Chair of its Europe/Russia Committee. Fluent in German, English and Japanese, he has been widely published in German, English and Japanese publications and regularly appears as a business commentator on Japanese TV.

Prior to joining CNC he was Head of Communications at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and Vice Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo.

Jochen studied at Hitotsubashi University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cologne. He serves on the Board of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Japan.

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David Kingsmille-Moore

David Kingsmill-Moore

Managing Director

+971 (0) 4 367 6192

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David Kingsmill-Moore is Managing Director at CNC and based in the Middle East.

David has spent the past seven years living and working in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in senior agency, in-house and seconded roles.

Having begun his career in political lobbying, David has amassed 14 years of communications experience across the USA, the UK and the GCC advising corporates, government, government related entities and trade bodies. He has worked with leading corporations in finance, industry, healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology, and maintains a passionate interest in Middle Eastern emerging markets and the opportunities that stem from their increasing integration with global markets.

David graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics & History from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Bernhard Meising

Bernhard Meising

CEO, Partner

+49(0) 89 599 458 128

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Bernhard Meising is CEO and a CNC Partner based in Munich. 

Prior to joining CNC, Bernhard Meising was Managing Director at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Germany. Furthermore, he was responsible for the communications around the Deutsche Telekom IPO in 1996. Since then, he has been involved in Germany’s largest privatisations and advised on a range of IPO and M&A activities, with a total volume of more than EUR 100 billion.

Bernhard Meising started his career in the Corporate Audit of Philip Morris. He studied Business and Economics and holds a degree from the WHU – Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management in Koblenz.

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Xander Heijnen

Xander Heijnen

Partner, COO

+49(0) 89 599 458 127

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Xander Heijnen is a CNC Partner and COO based in Munich. Previously he held the position of Managing Director of the London office.

Xander has extensive international experience in corporate communications and marketing, crisis and issue management. His specialist areas are the automotive industry and the sports sector.

Between 2003 and 2008 he acted as a spokesperson for the car manufacturers in Formula 1. Prior to joining CNC he worked at Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz for seven years.

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Max Hohenberg

Max Hohenberg

Partner

+49(0) 89 599 458 132

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Max Hohenberg is a CNC Partner based in Munich and is also responsible for the CNC business in Austria.

He has extensive advisory experience in political communications, corporate communications, IR and strategy development. Most recently Max served as a government consultant and spokesperson.

Prior to joining CNC, he worked at SalomonSmithBarney (Citigroup) where he focused on equity capital markets, and was jointly responsible for IPOs in the German and Austrian markets.

Max holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics.

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Kevin Soady

Kevin Soady

Partner

+44(0) 203 817 99 27

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Kevin Soady is Partner at CNC and based in London.

Prior to joining CNC, Kevin was a partner at M: Communications, where he was responsible for developing multi-disciplinary communications solutions for international corporations addressing investor, media and wider opinion former audiences as well as the IPO practice.

Previously Kevin was Managing Director of the international business of Dewe Rogerson and Citigate Dewe Rogerson and has worked with a number of financial and corporate PR businesses as a management adviser.

Kevin has degrees from Southampton University and the University of Warwick.

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Jacqueline Hénard

Jacqueline Hénard

Managing Director

+33(0) 1 4312 51 25

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Jacqueline is a Managing Director in Berlin and Paris.

As former correspondent in several European countries for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Zeit, she has an extensive network of contacts among opinion-leaders and decision-makers in French and German industry, politics and society.

Her work was acknowledged with the Legion of Honor. She has published several books, including “What Does Germany Think About Europe” (with a post-face by Jürgen Habermas).

Jacqueline is trilingual and involved in various European think-tanks and foundations, She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Sorbonne.

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Harald Kinzler

Partner

+49 (0)69 5060 375 79

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Harald Kinzler is a specialist for complex ECM and cross-border M&A transactions as well as dual-track processes, investor relations, and financial, corporate as well as crisis communications.

Harald spent 15 years in the investment banking industry in London and New York, starting as an economist at Lehman Brothers and moving through a range of roles in the equities business. He later worked as Head of Corporate Broking at Berenberg Bank in London. Before joining CNC, he was an MD at a strategic communications consultancy where he was jointly responsible for its ECM team.

Harald holds MSc Economics degrees from the University of Saarbrücken and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Barbara Rauscher

Director Finance and Controlling

+49(0) 89 599 458 116

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Barbara Rauscher is the Director Finance and Controlling at CNC based in Munich and is also responsible for the IT department as well as office management.

Since joining CNC in 2004, Barbara has played a leading role in building the finance department.

Before joining CNC, Barbara worked for numerous years in a tax consultancy.

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Markus Wieser

Markus Wieser

Director

+49(0) 89 599 458 114

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Markus Wieser is a CNC Director based in Munich.

Markus primarily works with clients in the areas of corporate communications and public affairs in the Berlin, London and Munich offices. Markus also frequently advises companies in special situations such as crises and insolvencies and is an expert within the energy and technology sectors.

Previously, Markus was the interim Head of Communications for a major TecDAX-listed company during a period of crisis.

Markus studied Communication Science and Psychology in addition to Economics and Politics.

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Oliver Mann

Partner

+44(0) 203 817 99 28

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Oliver Mann is Partner for CNC in London.

He is an expert in M&A communications, private equity, media relations, as well as crisis and reputation management.

At the beginning of 2013, Oliver spent eight months managing the media relations and communications at Oyu Tolgoi LLC, a world class copper and gold mine in Mongolia, managed by Rio Tinto.

Before joining CNC in early 2007, Oliver worked as a financial journalist at UK financial trade publication mergermarket (FT Group) where he covered private equity and Germany.

Oliver holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Marketing and is bilingual in German and English.

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Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell

Partner

+44(0) 203 219 8801

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Richard Campbell is Managing Partner of CNC in London.

Richard founded and led the international strategic communications consultancy, Capital MSL, ahead of its merger with CNC in January 2015. He is an experienced adviser, implementing communications campaigns and crisis management plans for a range of well-known international organisations.

He advises clients on their relationships with key stakeholders including employees, customers, regulators and investors. Richard has advised on a number of capital markets transactions including IPOs, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings.

Richard graduated with a BA (Hons) from Warwick University and an MA in Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School.

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Claire Maloney

Claire Maloney

Partner

+44(0) 203 219 8803

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Claire Maloney is a CNC Partner based in London

Formerly a managing director at Capital MSL, Claire has worked in strategic communications for 17 years, in both in-house and consultancy positions.

She is an experienced communications adviser and has advised on numerous corporate actions in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and South East Asia.

Prior to joining Capital MSL, Claire was an investor relations manager at UPC NV and a member of the European consulting team at Thomson Financial.

She started her career in the wealth management industry and is qualified as an IFA.

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Nick Bastin

Nick Bastin

Partner

+44 (0) 203 219 8814

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Nick Bastin has over 20 years’ experience advising a wide range of companies on multi-market, multi-stakeholder communications, particularly in respect of corporate reputation, employer brand, investor and financial market communications.

He has advised major corporates and Governments from over 30 countries during that time, across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Nick also has strong transaction experience, advising on share offerings that have raised over €30 billion and on M&A transactions with a combined deal value in excess of €100bn.

Nick has a Masters in African Studies from the University of London.

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Liam Clark

Liam Clark

Director

+44 (0) 203 219 8815

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Liam Clark is a CNC Director based in the London Office. He has worked in strategic corporate communications with some of the world’s biggest corporate brands for the past ten years.  His expertise are focused on corporate communications, strategy development, employer branding, change communications, and campaign management.

Liam has considerable experience within the energy sector having worked with some of the world’s leading energy companies throughout his career.

Before joining the Publicis Groupe, Liam was a consultant at Burson-Marsteller working with major corporate brands from sectors including energy, tobacco, recruitment and technology.

Liam has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Marketing & Politics from Keele University.

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Anna Davies

Director

+44(0) 203 219 8807

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Anna Davies is a CNC Director based in London. 

She is a specialist in corporate, B2B and financial communications and has worked with clients across the financial services, wealth, luxury, energy, telecoms and life sciences industries.

Anna has worked in communications for over 10 years and during that time she has helped companies build distinct commercial advantage through their strategic communications. She has advised organisations including LVMH, De Beers, London Stock Exchange, Telecom Egypt, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Philips and Aon Hewitt.

Anna graduated with BA (Hons) in English Literature, followed by a post-graduate diploma in Public and Media Relations at the Cardiff University School of Journalism.

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Simon Evans

Simon Evans

Director

+44(0) 203 219 8809

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Simon Evans is Director at CNC based in London.

Simon has more than 15 years of financial experience gained as a senior business journalist, a financial communications consultant and an equities trader.

He is an award-winning former business editor at the Independent newspaper and was also a senior correspondent at City AM newspaper.

Prior to joining CNC, Simon worked at Capital MSL for two years. Previously he was head of business media at Weber Shandwick.

Simon specialises in developing media strategies with a focus on corporate reputation and issues management.

Simon has a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick.

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Michael Kinirons

Michael Kinirons

Senior Consultant

+44 (0) 203 219 8816

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Michael Kinirons is a Senior Consultant based in CNC’s London office.

Michael has eight years’ experience advising companies on corporate, employer brand and financial communications strategies. In that time he has developed extensive expertise, working with a variety of international companies on corporate communications, media relations and issues management.

His previous corporate communications and investor relations experience was gained working at Bishopsgate Communications.

Michael graduated with a degree in Law and Politics from the University of Ulster. He has also completed a MSc. in Communications, Advertising and Public Relations. Michael also holds a CIR in Investor Relations.

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Julian Hill

Julian Hill

Director

+44(0) 203 817 99 26

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Julian Hill is a Director in the London office, specialising in corporate communications, reputation management, and crisis communications. Julian has extensive experience leading international mandates, including managing global corporate partnerships and cross-border campaigns.

Julian runs CNC’s Science & Innovation service area, helping companies gain competitive advantage through their innovation activities. He has been a communications adviser to the global food manufacturer Mars, Incorporated for almost a decade working with their Management Team, Board, and segment and functional leadership. Julian also leads crisis preparation, crisis management and crisis recovery briefs for several multinational businesses.

Julian holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham, UK.

 
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Norbert Selle 

Senior Consultant

+49(0) 89 599 458 175

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Norbert Selle is Senior Consultant at CNC and based in Munich. He specialises in corporate, change and product communications and has extensive experience in the industrial sector.

Prior to joining CNC, Norbert was responsible for European public relations, internal communications and marketing communications at a leading international automotive supplier. He has handled numerous international restructurings, reorganisations, acquisitions and change processes.

Norbert studied International Business Administration in Muenster and Rotterdam and holds an Executive MBA in Communication and Leadership from the Technical University, Munich.

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Torben Gosau

Torben Gosau

Director

+49(0) 30 4081 766 54

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Torben Gosau advises companies in the fields of public affairs, reputation management and corporate communications, especially in crises and special situations.

Before joining CNC in 2006, he was a political advisor to a member of the German Parliament and gained insights into the business sector in small and medium-sized enterprises, inter alia in the management of a family business in a turnaround situation.

Torben has over 15 years of experience in politics and strategy consulting. He has supported numerous companies in situations in which the right way of communication was a decisive factor for protecting their reputation.

He studied Political Science, Sociology and History at the Hamburg University as well as Business at the Hagen Institute for Management Studies.

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Mami Kato

Mami Kato

Senior Consultant

+81(0) 3 5156 0192

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Mami Kato is Senior Consultant at the CNC office in Tokyo specialised in corporate and financial communications for multinational companies in and out of Japan.

Since 2010, she has been in charge of financial communications supporting various cross-border M&A deals.

Prior to CNC, she was engaged in corporate communications for several Fortune 500 companies including FedEx and McDonalds in Japan where she also gained experience in reputation management, CEO positioning, financial communications, litigation communications, public affairs and crisis management.

She holds a BA in Communications from Tokyo Women’s Christian University and is fluent in English and Japanese.

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Dr Peter Bialas

Dr. Peter Bialas

Associate Partner

+82(0)2 794 9044

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Dr. Peter Bialas has represented CNC in the Korean Market since 2002.

Since 1987 he has run his own consulting company “KETIC Inc.”, specialised in supporting foreign companies in accessing the Korean market. He also provides foreign business promotion services for Korean manufacturers and traders, and consults government agencies on improvements of the investment climate.

From 1983 to 1987 he was Deputy Secretary General of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As a board and committee member of the German, American, and European Chambers of Commerce he helped shape a number of policies towards levelling the playing field for foreign companies in Korea.

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Alistair Hammond

Senior Consultant

+44(0) 203 817 99 23

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Alistair Hammond is a Senior Consultant based in London. He is a media relations specialist with extensive experience in international litigation, crisis, and special situations communications.

Before joining CNC, he was European News Editor at dealReporter in London, where he led a team covering M&A deals. Prior to that, he covered distressed and restructuring situations for Debtwire.

Between 1996 and 2000, Hammond was a foreign correspondent at Bloomberg Indonesia, where he covered the Asian crisis, East Timor, and Suharto’s fall. Prior to that, he worked at the Jakarta Post.   

Alistair has a BA in English Literature and Italian.

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Ulrich von Rotenhan

Ulrich von Rotenhan

Senior Consultant

+49 (0)69 5060 375 84

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Ulrich von Rotenhan is a Senior Consultant at the Frankfurt office. He specialises in corporate, financial and crisis communications.

Ulrich von Rotenhan advises shareholders and management teams on reputation building and management on a national and international level. He has also took over communication functions at some of the companies he advises on an interim basis.

Prior to joining CNC, Ulrich von Rotenhan gained extensive experience in various aspects of communications and corporate leadership. He studied Politics, Economics and Psychology in Munich and holds an MBA from the University of Surrey, UK.

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Udo van Kampen

Associate Partner

+49(0) 30 4081 7660

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CNC Brussels focuses on public affairs management regarding the European Union. Udo van Kampen is Associate Partner at CNC Brussels. He has long term experiences in the fields of journalism and political communications.

For 40 years he has worked as a correspondent for ZDF and was head of the bureaus in Brussels and New York. In 1976 he started his career as business editor at ZDF. Van Kampen has an extensive network of contacts among opinion-leaders and decision-makers at all European institutions.

He studied Economics and Business Education at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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Marie von Bismarck

Director

+49(0) 89 599 458 156

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Marie von Bismarck consults clients mainly in the fields of financial and corporate communications.

She has advised on a large number of complex capital market and M&A transactions, with a particular focus on international deals. Marie has extensive experience with crisis communications and special situations, e.g. in the field of shareholder activism.

In 2014, Marie worked for CNC’s partner office KEKST & Company in New York City.

Marie read Political Science and International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin (B.A.), the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics (MSc.).

Next to her mother tongue, German, she is fluent in written and spoken English.

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Nitin Nambiar

Senior Consultant

+971 (0) 4 367 6144

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Nitin Nambiar is a CNC Senior Consultant based in Dubai. 

Nitin has 11 years of experience gained across financial journalism, portfolio advisory and financial communications. He has spent over 6 years in the Middle East delivering pan-regional and international mandates across industries. His specialisation lies in IR, fund raising, digital communications and corporate positioning.

Prior to joining CNC, Nitin was a communications lead at the World Bank Group based in Washington DC, where he led global communications and investor relations for the Finance and Markets Practice group of the bank.

Nitin holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance and Marketing) from HEC Paris, France.

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Ben Curson

Ben Curson

Partner

+44(0) 20 321 98 808

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Ben Curson is Partner for CNC in London.

He is a senior communications professional with 17 years’ experience of corporate affairs, financial communications, crisis and reputation management, primarily in the financial and professional services sectors. He has worked with senior and Board level executives at blue chip companies in the UK and internationally, providing strategic advice around reputational risk, as well as implementing multinational programmes. 

As a former broadcast journalist and member of the press office, Ben has spent most of his career in consultancy, firstly as a Partner at Penrose and then as Group Managing Director at H+K Strategies.

Prior to joining CNC, Ben was Managing Partner at Instinctif Partners responsible for the Corporate and Financial Services teams and advising clients in both the corporate affairs and capital markets Areas.

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Tom Buchanan

Tom Buchanan

Partner

+44(0)20 3817 9933

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Tom Buchanan has more than twenty years’ experience as a communications advisor to companies in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the United States. The majority of Tom’s career was spent as a partner of Brunswick including four years in New York, where he established its first US office.

In addition to advising clients on financial and corporate communications on a retained basis, Tom has extensive cross-border M&A experience, and has advised companies on listings on most of the exchanges across Europe and North America. He also has extensive crisis and litigation experience involving high profile consumer brands. Prior to joining Brunswick, Tom was at Price Waterhouse.

He has an MA from the University of St Andrews in English Literature and a Diploma in Theology from the University of Middlesex.

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Alwin Binder

Senior Consultant

+49(0) 49 89 599 458 178

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Alwin Binder is Senior Consultant in the Munich office with prior stays in London and Tokyo.

He focuses primarily on corporate, financial and crisis communications and advises clients in the energy, telecommunications, real estate and private equity sector.

Alwin Binder is also specialised in digital communications and an expert in crisis simulation trainings.

Prior to joining CNC, Alwin worked at the communications department of Conergy in Hamburg (Germany) and at the event and PR agency SW in Kelowna (Canada).

Alwin Binder studied media communications (BA) and international communications (MA) in Augsburg (Germany), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Sydney (Australia).

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Isabelle von Witzleben

Isabelle von Witzleben

Senior Consultant

+49(0) 49 30 4081 766 56

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Isabelle von Witzleben is a Senior Consultant based in Berlin.

Isabelle has been working for CNC since 2011. She specializes in the fields of corporate communications, crisis communications and public affairs.

Before joining CNC, Isabelle worked for Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.

Isabelle holds a Bachelors in Social Sciences from University of Maastricht, with a concentration in International Politics. Afterwards, she completed a Masters in European Business from ESCP Europe in Paris. Isabelle also studied in Berlin and Montréal.

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Callum Laidlaw

Callum Laidlaw

Senior Consultant

+44(0) 203 219 8802

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Callum Laidlaw is a Senior Consultant in the London office.

Callum has ten years’ of industry experience in corporate reputation and issues management for global brands including energy, FMCGs and luxury. His focus has been proactive and reactive multi-stakeholder communications to consumer, business and political audiences.

Prior to joining CNC, Callum worked on a six month project in Edinburgh after spending six years with international communications agency Burson-Marsteller in London and Dubai. Previously, Callum worked for the Scottish Government and a smaller communications boutique.

He holds an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

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Susanna Kujas

Susanna Kujas

Senior HR Manager

+49 89 599 458 168

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Susanna Kujas is responsible for all HR topics at CNC. She is the contact person for all CNC offices worldwide.

She started her career as consultant. Prior to joining CNC, Susanna was HR Manager at Gigaset at international level.

Susanna studied Business Administration i.a. in Paris and Cape Town and graduated with Diploma. She is fluent in German, English and French.

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Sunanda Rao-Erdem

Sunanda Rao-Erdem

Managing Director

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Sunanda Rao-Erdem brings in more than 17 years of experience in the field of journalism and communications consultancy. She joined CNC India in 2010 and draws on a wide network of senior journalists and strategic experts in India and Europe.

Sunanda is responsible for developing business in the Indian market and manages and drafts media strategies for CNC‟s extensive client portfolio. She specializes in the defense, technology and industrial sectors and is an expert on crisis and strategic communications.

Sunanda has worked as an editor at the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle for more than a decade. She holds a degree in Opera performance from Frankfurt Conservatory, a journalism degree and a B.A. in English from Delhi University. A German by nationality, Sunanda is fluent in English, Hindi and has basic understanding of French and Italian.

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Lucy Cording

Lucy Cording

Head of Digital Engagement 

+44(0) 203 817 9929

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Coming from a digital marketing background, Lucy has more than 12 years’ experience in advising clients on their digital communications strategy.

Her expertise ranges from landscape, audience and influencer mapping, social engagement to content strategy building.

Using insights and data, she devises and implements multi-platform, multi-stakeholder campaigns.

Lucy advises clients to inform purposeful content creation that drives credible reach and engagement. Building on this, she identifies opportunities to amplify content and campaigns through paid targeting and organic optimisation.

Her client experience ranges from BP, EY, BT, Lloyds Banking Group, GSK, to the World Gold Council, Nestle, Coca Cola and Siemens.

Prior to joining CNC, Lucy was at MSLGROUP in London and before that, was an in-house at Experian QAS.

Lucy studied Management at Royal Holloway University of London.

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Dominic Laurie

Dominic Laurie

Senior Consultant 

+44(0) 203 817 9944

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Dominic Laurie is Senior Consultant at CNC based in London.

Dominic has 13 years’ experience as a presenter, reporter and producer at the BBC based in London, Salford, Oxford and Brussels.

He was a business reporter on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live, Europe Business reporter at the height of the financial crisis during 2008, and an anchor on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Prior to joining the BBC, Dominic was UK Marketing Manager at Go Fly, one of the most successful ever airline launches in the UK. He was also a Graduate Trainee at United Biscuits, specialising in Marketing.

Dominic specialises in media training, digital content creation and reputation and issues management.

Dominic has a BA in French and Italian from the University of Cambridge.

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Claire Lewis

Senior Consultant

+44(0) 20 3219 8825

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Claire Lewis is a senior consultant at CNC based in the London office.

Claire has nearly 10 years experience advising on and implementing corporate communications programmes for fund managers, asset owners, banks, industry bodies and advisers across Europe.

Prior to joining CNC, Claire spent five years at Capital MSL and three years in-house as an Account Manager at fund management firm M&G Investments. At M&G, Claire worked with the head of communications on product-related media relations and corporate reputation management.

Claire has a first class honours degree in Public Relations from Bournemouth University.

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Claire Ferris-Lay

Senior Consultant

+971(0) 4 367 6175

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Claire Ferris-Lay is Senior Consultant based in the Middle East. 

Claire has ten years’ media experience in the Middle East, working in both public relations and as a journalist in Dubai.  Claire specialises in corporate communications and content development, and has worked for a wide range of local, multinational and family-owned businesses including PepsiCo, Crescent Enterprises, and Dubai Parks and Resorts. 

Prior to joining CNC, Claire worked for ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller in Dubai, overseeing key client relationships. She also spent six years at Arabian Business magazine and its sister website, arabiabusiness.com, where she contributed news stories and features across a wide variety of business sectors.

Claire holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism from the London College of Printing.

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Elvira Eilert Pignal

Managing Director 

+ 91 (0) 22 4077 9131

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Elvira Eilert Pignal heads CNC’s office in Mumbai.

She is an expert in strategic communications and corporate affairs with more than ten years of advising clients internationally in managing complex reputation issues. She has worked particularly closely with clients from the financial services, technology and telecoms sectors to plan, devise and implement multi-national communications and engagement strategies targeting policymakers and the media.

Elvira began her career in reputation research and polling, before joining Brunswick Group, where she worked in the Brussels office and most recently as a Director in London.

She has a MA in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  A Swede by nationality, Elvira is also fluent in English, Danish and French, as well as conversational Japanese.

 
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Antonia Munte

Senior Consultant 

+ 49(0) 17 2866 8611

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Antonia Munte is a financial, corporate and crisis communications expert. She has been with CNC since 2010, initially based in Berlin and Frankfurt and since 2015 in Munich.

Antonia has advised on numerous cross-border M&A transactions and special situations including crisis situations and insolvencies. Furthermore, she has extensive experience consulting clients from the non-profit sector.

Antonia holds a Master of Science in Global Politics (focus conflict studies) from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations and Media Relations from Webster University Vienna and Geneva.

Next to her mother tongue, German, she is fluent in written and spoken English and has a basic knowledge of Italian.

 
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Sabine Riemenschneider

Sabine Riemenschneider

Director

+49(0) 172 8996274

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Sabine Riemenschneider´s focus topics are Change Management and Organisational Development (OD). She is looking back on 18 years of professional experience in various HR and inhouse-consulting roles of DAX listed companies thus, gaining experience in the pharma, energy and semi-conductor market.

The previous four years Sabine worked as team lead „Change, Organisation und Culture“ for  Infineon Technologies AG. Between 2003 and 2013 she worked as in house-consultant for Bayer and accompanied the Bayer-Schering Pharma Merger as well as the Lanxess carve-out. Before joining Bayer, Sabine headed the internal Business Development Unit for a German energy supplier.

Sabine studied Psychology with a focus on Organisational Psychology at the University of Würzburg and North Carolina (US).

 
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Yasemin Sancak

HR Director

+49(0) +49 89 599 458 0 

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Yasemin Sancak is based in Munich and globally responsible for talent strategy and talent management at CNC.

She has more than 10 years experience in HR where she has been developing and implementing people strategies – mostly for fast growing global Professional Service Firms. As such she has covered the entire HR-value-chain from employer branding to alumni management.

For more than 5 years Yasemin was with one of the top strategy consultancies and recently worked – among others – for a leading market research firm. She has a track record in both multinational and intercultural work environments and truly believes in diversity as a key driver for innovation and competitiveness in today’s business world.

Yasemin holds a degree in Business Administration and postgraduate qualifications in recruitment, employment law, and coaching.

 
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Judith Mayer_

Judith Mayer

Senior Consultant 

+ 49(0) 89 599 458 153

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Judith is a senior consultant based in the CNC Munich office. She works primarily on financial communications and media relations as well as special situations and multi stakeholder communications. She has broad experience in the chemical and energy sector and specializes in corporate governance and sustainability topics.

Prior to joining CNC, Judith was a research assistant at Technische Universität München. Her dissertation focused on social enterprises. She was also a member of an expert group on social business of the European Union. Judith served as Personal Assistant to Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner and was Sherpa within the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code.

She obtained her Masters of Science (with honors) in Finance and Information Management. Judith is a native German speaker and fluent in English and Spanish. 

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Malin Lundin

Malin Lundin

Director

+46(0) 73 374 70 50

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Malin has over 15 years’ experience as strategic and financial communication advisor. She has led a wide range of projects covering financial market transactions, IR advising, and financial and sustainability reporting. As one of JKL’s most experienced project managers, Malin specialises in communication activities around change and positioning projects for Swedish and global companies. She has worked with companies and organisations spanning a wide range of industries, with a focus on the banking and finance sectors.

Malin previously worked as a financial analyst at Nordic Equities securities brokerage. She holds an MBA with a focus on International Finance and Economics from Linköping University.

 
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Maria Grimberg

Maria Grimberg

Partner

+46(0) 70 896 12 88

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Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in advising corporate and organisational management groups on issues concerning financial communication, corporate communication, crisis management, crisis commumnication and public affairs. Maria has worked with multiple industries, with a focus on finance, healthcare and companies undergoing large-scale change. She has extensive experience with health and medical care communication in the private and public sectors. Maria works on an ongoing basis with communication strategies related to significant public sector projects that involve major political and communicative challenges. She has played a key role as advisor in critically important transactions.

Maria holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. She chairs the charitable organisation Operation Smile and is a director of Hello World!, a newly started nonprofit organisation that promotes digital creativity among young people.

 
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Per Ola Bosson

Per Ola Bosson

Partner

+46(0) 70 814 23 13

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Per Ola has worked with communication for more than 20 years. Specialised in public affairs, he has extensive experience in advising companies that operate in heavily regulated or politically sensitive markets – the media, property development, commerce, transport, infrastructure, telecom and energy sectors in particular. He has also conducted political risk analyses for private equity firms in preparation for acquisitions.

In these same industries, Per Ola has led projects focused on crisis communication, ownership changes and digital communication.

Per Ola holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Linköping Institute of Technology. He previously worked within the forestry industry, as a Moderate Party MP, and as a journalist.

He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and also studied at the University of Cologne.

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Klas Landelius

 

Klas Landelius

Director

+46(0) 70 460 63 57

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Klas is specialised in strategic communication with a focus on financial market transactions, change processes and regulatory changes. He has spearheaded clients’ communication activities in a wide range of IPOs, acquisitions and strategic changes.

Klas is also a practice leader for crisis and has conducted crisis training sessions with executive management groups and crisis teams for many international groups based in the Nordic region, Europe and Asia.

Klas previously worked as communication advisor at Kekst in New York and as management consultant at Arthur D. Little. He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics with a specialisation in Finance, and has also studied Economics at HEC in Paris.

 
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Lars Lindblad

Lars Lindblad

Deputy Managing Director

+46(0) 70 580 09 89

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Lars is a senior public affairs and communication consultant. He has experience from a variety of advisory roles within communication and public affairs for some of Sweden’s largest companies and organisations.

Lars has 19 years’ experience as an elected official on all political levels in Sweden – from Lund Municipality to the EU Parliament in Brussels – and served as Swedish MP for 12 years. He was Group leader/ Chief whip of the Moderate Party parliamentary group from 2006-10.

Lars previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Agriculture, the Committee on EU Affairs, and several government commissions.

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Anders Lindberg

Anders Lindberg

Partner

+46(0) 70 814 23 15

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Anders Lindberg is a pioneer in strategic communication and lobbying. Anders has extensive, wide-ranging experience in advising Swedish and European companies, government agencies and nonprofit organisations. His areas of specialisation include financial communication, crisis management and public affairs. With many years’ experience as advisor, Anders has a wide, well-established network in the Nordic political and business spheres.

Anders is chairman of the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre; vice chair of IVA, section IX; director of the Parkinson Foundation; and steering group member at GenPep, part of the Crown Princess Couple’s foundation aimed at providing all children and young people in Sweden with the opportunity and desire to live active, healthy lives.

Anders is also advisor to the Swedish Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee.

He holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and also studied at the University of Cologne.

 
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Sigmund Gottlieb

Sigmund Gottlieb

Associate Partner

+49(0) 89 599 45 80

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Prof. Sigmund Gottlieb is Associate Partner at CNC and based in Munich. He has spent more than 21 years as editor-in-chief of the Bavarian Television.

From 1988 to 1991 Sigmund worked as vice-chief and presenter of the ZDF Heute-Journal news programme and has built a strong network across business, politics and media.

Sigmund is an honorary professor at the Ostbayerischen Technische Hochschule, a member of the University Council of the University of Passau, and a member of the board of trustees of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research. He regularly lectures on the topic of  the quality of the media.

 
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