EACD Mentoring Programme

EACD mentoring offers talented communicators a mentoring relationship with senior EACD members.

EACD Mentors

Tom Armitage

Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs, Europe
Mondelez International

Tom has been Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Mondelez in Europe since 2016, responsible for a team of 50 people looking after internal and external communications, sustainability, and public and government affairs. He joined Mondelez in 2012 and worked on the company’s coffee business before its sale in 2014. Mondelez is home to much-loved brands like Oreo, Milka, Cadbury, Green & Blacks, Cote D’Or and Ritz.

Prior to Mondelez, Tom spent four years in issues management and media relations at Swiss Re, one of the world’s leading risk solutions providers. He began his career as a journalist, working in Germany, Austria, UK, France and Switzerland in text and briefly in television. He lives in Switzerland and speaks German and French.

Tom is passionate about helping communications professionals make the next step in their careers, focusing on working with them to identify and leverage their strengths in support of organizations and their goals.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level)

Rajiv Arvind

Group Communications Manager
ISS World Services

Rajiv is a certified Communication Management Professional (CMP) by the Global Communication Certification Council (an IABC initiative).  He has close to 14 years experience in internal communications, branding, customer communications and media & PR, working in B2B and B2C industries.

Before entering the corporate world 12 years ago, he dabbled in advertising and copywriting and is  currently global responsible for internal communications at ISS World Services, a leading facility management services company, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rajiv is a citizen of India and working in Denmark for over 5 years. He has worked  across leading global companies like Tata, Maersk, Carlsberg and ISS, giving him a perspective and understanding of the cultural differences, which is supremely important in communications.

He believes that being a mentor enables him to share his experiences, reflections and learnings in the field of communications to peers and young communicators who are in the early stages of their careers. He says that authenticity and straight from the heart thoughts and experiences, are what a mentee can expect from him and expects no less from the mentee.

Twitter: @RajivArvind

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajivarvind/

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, internal communication specialist, digital/social media specialist

Phil Askham

Global Head of Employee Communications, Global Businesses and Global Functions
HSBC Holdings

Phil Askham leads a team of over 50 people responsible for employee communications across HSBC's Global Businesses and Functions. 

Phil has been with HSBC since 2007.  Previously, he worked for O2 UK as Head of Internal Communications.  He learned his craft during a 3-year stint at Smythe Dorward Lambert,one of the UK's first internal communications consultancies. He started his career as a fast stream civil servant in the Department for Education of the UK Government, including 2 years as Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State.

Phil has an MBA from London Business School and a theology & philosophy degree from Oxford University.  Away from work, he enjoys open water swimming, reading and family time at weekends.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, internal communications specialist

Ivo Banek

Strategic Communications Consultant

Ivo Banek, 52, has been a professional communicator for more than 25 years. "Curiosity is my main driver ", Ivo says. "I love to learn new things and to meet new people."
Ivo worked as a journalist in Germany and did political communication for the Social Democrats in Hamburg. In 2004, he joined the European energy company Vattenfall and became international Head of Communications. This February he left and is now working as strategic communication advisor.
Ivo has studied Social Science and holds a Master in Communication Management from the Università della Svizzera italiana.
"I am happy to share my experience to support colleagues in their careers", Ivo says. "And I always find being a mentor enriching also for myself - and a lot of fun!"
Ivo lives with his family in Hamburg, Germany, but is open to meet elsewhere. The conversation can be done in English, German or Swedish.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, media specialist, crisis communication

Nelleke Barning

Global Director Communications & External Affairs Nutrition
Royal DSM N.V.

Currently, Nelleke leads the global communications & external affairs team supporting the Nutrition business at Royal DSM N.V. She joined DSM in 2000 and moved to her current role in July 2016. DSM, a Netherlands-headquartered international company active in health, nutrition and materials, has annual sales of appr. 9 billion EUR and employs around 25,000 people globally. The Nutrition business is headquartered in the Basel area, Switzerland, where Nelleke is based as well. She is part of the Strategic Leadership Council of DSM Nutritional Products and part of the Global Communications Leadership Team of DSM. Before her current role, she worked as a Senior Communications Manager and Director of Communications in corporate settings and most recently, as the Global Director of Internal Communications. Prior to joining DSM, Nelleke held communications roles in local government in the Netherlands. She has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and business communications ranging from media relations and employee engagement to sustainability reporting and stakeholder management. Recently she was named amongst the top 20 women that matter in communications in the Netherlands. Besides her communications experience, Nelleke also holds political experience as a member of the City Council of the city of Maastricht from 2006 - 2016.

Nelleke has broad experience, including internal and external communications strategy, stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting, crisis and issuemanagement, counselling senior leadership & leading a team of high performing colleagues to deliver recognised business benefit.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), personal effectiveness and impact (results skills), established business acumen, Matrix management in a vast organisation, getting business to buy into communications as a function.

Magnus A. Brandau

SVP Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs
E.ON Czech Holding AG/Munich and E.ON Ceska Republika

Magnus is now working in Communications, PR and Political affairs for more than 20 years. After having studied political sciences in Germany in Constance and France at the Sciences –Po Institute in Paris, he started his professional life in the political sphere on the federal parliamentarian level in Germany with main focus on economical questions and energy policy. After several years he changed to the corporate world and headed the governmental relationship office of one of Germany´s biggest industrial Holding, VEBA AG. Over time he took over different functions inside the company – meanwhile E.ON SE – and left Germany in 2003 to take over the responsibility for Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs at the E.ON Czech Group in Prague. Magnus is married, has 3 children and works and lives in Prague and Regensburg.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, building a personal brand (influencing skills), established business acumen, worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions,

Louise Clark

Global Communications Lead, Biosimilars,
Pfizer

Currently, Louise leads the global communications team supporting the Biosimilars business at Pfizer Inc. Previously, Louise led Pfizer’s communications team across Europe & Africa, Middle East ensuring communications excellence across the various business units. Louise has also held a number of positions across various PR, medical education and publications agencies supporting domestic, regional and international business needs. Her broad geographic experience has enabled Louise to build a truly global view of business challenges and opportunities, in addition to an expansive understanding of how to manoeuvre appropriately in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry.

Louise has enjoyed building her internal and external communications strategy skills, counselling senior leadership & leading a team of high performing colleagues to deliver recognised business benefit.

Effective mentor relationships are critical to personal development & the success of the communications ecosystem, Louise believes mentors are central to career advancement and skills development.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), personal effectiveness and impact (results skills), established business acumen, Matrix management in a vast organisation, getting business to buy into communications as a function

Coralie Cornet

Communication Director
Apax Partners

Based in Paris, Coralie is a Communication Director with a 13 years-experience in the Finance and Services sectors. For Apax Partners, she is responsible for consolidating the company’s notoriety and is also involved in managing crisis and strategic communications for Apax Partners' portfolio companies. Previously, for 3 years, Coralie has managed internal and HR communications for Kurt Salmon and prior to that, for 5 years, developed the positioning of UGGC Law firm.

Her skills include setting a communication vision, aligning multiple stakeholders and defining the metrics for success, developing and deploying projects (set priorities, resource levels and cadence), counseling executives at all levels around communications strategies, tactics and critical issues, collaborating with stakeholders to develop common opportunities for engagement, capturing the voice of senior executives in written and verbally and coach executives on delivery, building a communication team and processes and identifying and rapidly respond to emerging topics.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, building a personal brand (influencing skills), personal effectiveness, impact (result skills), digital/social media specialist

Béla Dajka

Head of Corporate Communication
European Commission

Béla Dajka has 30 years of experience in journalism, content production and communication out of which 15 years in management. Currently, he leads the corporate communication team in the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Commission. He coordinates communication planning on the Commission's political priorities, advises Commission departments on communication strategies and runs campaigns. He is a former radio presenter, a public speaker and a practitioner of the Art of Hosting. Prior to joining the EC, he worked for the BBC for nearly a decade in content production, management and public policy. He is a journalism graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Russia) and has a Master's Degree in Media Management from the University of Leeds (UK). He participated in extensive USA study programmes. His interests include the role of communication in developing organisational brand, identity and culture.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), media specialist, internal communications specialist, change manager, management of complex communication projects and campaigns

Daniel de Carvalho

Global Director Corporate Communications
Zaluvida

Daniel de Carvalho works as expert for corporate and brand communication strategies, crises and reputation with 20 years of proven successful experience in creating and implementing holistic PR and media communications strategies for high-profile international companies. As a communications growth specialist and strategist he has integrated internal and external communications, formed robust crisis communications systems, and been involved in financial communications with companies listed on the LSE. He has generated significant brand exposure for different airlines and protected reputations in times of crisis across diverse markets and cultures. Daniel studied Theology, Media and Communications and is currently doing an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability. His industry experience includes aviation, biotech, construction, manufacturing and pharma, and he serves as Non-Executive Board member of Turn2me.org 

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level)

Olivier Dubois

Senior Manager Corporate Communication / Head of Corporate Identity
Fiat Crysler Automobiles

Olivier D. is a Senior Communications Leader at FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.). He currently leads Corporate Communications – covering Corporate Identity, Financial and Sustainability Communication, Employee Communication, Digital Marketing Communication. Olivier has a Degree in Business Management, from both Fachhochschule des Saarlandes Saarbrücken (Germany) and Université de Metz (France). After leaving university, Olivier started as a Marketing Trainee at BMW in Munich (Germany). He then joined the advertising agency RSCG Group as an Account Director. Subsequently, he moved to Fiat Group to first as head of International Advertising (Creation, media planning and buying) and then as leader of the Internet Business Unit. He is 52 and has 3 children. He lives in Italy and Germany.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), media specialist, digital / social media specialist, corporate reputation, brand image, social responsibility, storytelling

Herbert Heitmann

President
European Association of Communication Directors

Dr. Herbert Heitmann was, until recently, the Executive Vice President of Global Brand, Communications and Government Relations for Bayer AG. Before that, he was responsible for the brand and reputation as well as local stakeholder engagement for Royal Dutch Shell plc as its Executive Vice President of External Communications. Prior to taking up that position, he was the Chief Communications Officer at SAP from 1999 to 2010. In this role, he was responsible for all of the communication activities for SAP stakeholders around the globe, including investors, customers, governments, partners, employees and the general public. He is also a member of board of trustees of the Arthur W. Page Society, a committee member of The Seminar and the founding President of the European Association of Communication Directors since 2006.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), established business acumen, repuation management

Markku Herrala

Director, Stakeholder Relations
UPM Plywood

Markku Herrala works as Director, Stakeholder Relations at UPM Plywood, the leading plywood manufacturer in Europe. In addition, he is a Member of the Board of CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries. As a stakeholder relations professional, Markku is specialized in internal and external communications, corporate responsibility and public affairs topics. He has 20 years of practical experience from working in various leadership positions in international corporate and business area management. As a mentor, he can provide the mentee with insight to working with the C-suite and other senior business management as well as how to translate strategic business topics into practical stakeholder relations agenda. As he is also a seasoned team manager, he can support the mentee in developing his/her people leadership skills. Markku is based in Helsinki, Finland.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, building a personal brand (influencing skills), established business acumen, change manager, writing and visualisation

Jan Hol

Vice President Communications
VU Medical Center

Jan Hol is Vice President Communications at VU Medical Center. Prior to that position he was Senior Vice President of Communications at Océ N.V. and in charge of the company’s marketing and corporate communications worldwide. He joined Océ from Nuon Inc., where he was Executive Vice President of Communications, a role he started in 2002, and was responsible for internal communications, media relations, public affairs, investor relations, corporate branding and sustainability communications. Previous positions held by Mr Hol include Vice President of Public Relations and Public Affairs at Royal Ahold, and Director of Internal Communications at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He started his career at the Dutch Broadcasting Company NCRV as a Reporter and later as its Director of New Media. He is the author of several books, including publications on aviation, marketing and the weather, and he has been an EACD board member since the association’s foundation.

For over 20 years, Jan Hol has been a mentor for various young professionals coming from various regions in Europe. He participates in the 'Leaders of Influence' initiative, through which seniors are coaching young professionals and the other way around, branded as 'reversed consultancy'. For Jan, the essence of mentoring is contributing to personal development of  other people. In doing so, he has the ability to listen carefully, combining it with bright analysis and future perspectives.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (including at C-suite level)

Tomas Jensen

Chief Communications Officer
EIT Raw Materials

Tomas Jensen is currently the Chief Communications Officer at EIT Raw Materials, responsible for all communications and marketing activities of the worldwide largest consortium on raw materials, initiated and funded bei the European Commission. Prior to this, he was the Senior Director for Corporate Communications at M&C Saatchi World Services while also consulting the startup ecosystem in Istanbul, Turkey. He was Director for Corporate Communications for Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa, overseeing all corporate communications activities in around 80 markets on three continents, and also managed EMEA-wide campaigns. Before this he headed, amongst other things, Product Communications, Analyst Relations, Issues Management, and HR Communications at Microsoft Germany. A political scientist by education, Tomas worked in the publishing and the consulting industry. Currently being based in Berlin, Germany, Tomas is a frequent speaker at international conferences on marketing and communications around the world.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, institutions

Marta Karasek-Pisarska

Communications Director Central & Eastern Europe
GSK Consumer Healthcare

Marta is a communication generalist with vast experience in internal engagement and change communications, as well as external communications (corporate & brand including issues & media crisis management). Communication is her job and her passion. She believes in building brand love through best in class storytelling, consumer engagement and meaningful conversations with stakeholders and influencers. Throughout the years she has supported a number of senior leaders in becoming great communicators to be able to inspire teams and external audiences. Marta has managed and developed multicultural teams (both dotted and solid lines) across CEE and EMEA regions while working in matrix organizations. Two years ago she was appointed to join the global communications work-stream within GSK Consumer Healthcare and Novartis Consumer Health integration planning (following JV creation). Following the above she was appointed Head of Communications EMEA ad interim prior to the transaction closure.

Marta has deep passion for developing talent, coaching and mentoring and has supported communicators from number of markets across CEE in improving their skills and capabilities, finding their way and learning what they are good at. There is nothing more rewarding than to see people grow and be part of the growth journey, knowing that you made a difference.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level), internal communications specialist

Hans Koeleman

Director Corporate Communications & CSR
Royal KPN N.V.

Hans Koeleman holds his current position at KPN since June 2007. During his leadership he transformed the Corporate Communications & CSR function and linked reputation to the long term bonus scheme of topmanagment. KPN recently received an award from the Reputation Institute for the dramatic improvements in 2015 of it’s reputation. The Dutch market leader in ICT is frontrunner in CSR, worldwide the nr 1 Telecom company in Climate Change and has become climate neutral as of  2015. Hans held various positions in corporate communications in retail (Ahold), financial services and transport & logistics. Hans has studied Dutch Language and literature, and holds a MA in Business Communications and a MBA. He is regional coordinator for the EACD in the Netherlands, member of the board of Esprix (dutch Marketing awards), Chairman of the Dutch PR awards and member of the Arthur W. Page Society.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), established business acumen, worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, association, institutions, media specialist, digital / social media specialist, reputation management at board level, CSR

Shweta Kulkarni

Head, Communications
Bemis Europe

Shweta Kulkarni Van Biesen has 12 years of experience helping companies and nonprofits reach their goal through communications. At Bemis, she plays a key role in creating a coherent, global approach to communications and integrating digital into all facets of the company’s work. Shweta previously managed brand newsrooms designed to reach a range of audiences (policymakers (medtechviews.eu) and health-attentive moms (thisismedtech.com)) at MedTech Europe, medical technology industry association in Brussels. She has been a Fellow at Johnson & Johnson and upon the request of patients and ophthalmologists made paperless ophthalmic practices a reality. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and master’s degree in Communication & Information Studies from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

She is an inquisitive storyteller and a people person with a passion for solving complex problems. What drives her? The responsibility of communications in providing world’s perspective to the global CEO.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Operating at a strategic level, building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level)

Kim Larsen

SVP, Head of Corporate Communications and Relations
Danske Bank

Kim Larsen is a passionate and experienced communications professional with a strong international track record in Corporate Communications, Issues & Crisis Management, Public Affairs, Media relations and Internal & leadership communications. He is currently Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications & Relations at Danske Bank and based in Copenhagen Denmark. Before joining Danske Bank in 2013, he spent 12 years on the agency side, including nine years at Burson-Marsteller, where he was the market leader in Denmark and part of the EMEA leadership team. During his career he has worked for a number of global blue chip clients across a wide range of industries and been a trusted advisor to many senior executives.  He is a strong believer in the value of diversity, cross functional collaboration and an analytical and purpose driven approach to communication.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level)

Rui Martins

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Director
Dianova Portugal

With more than 18 years of experience in Reputation Management and Integrated Communication, both at the consultancy and in-house areas, Rui Martins has a in depth knowledge and expertise to be shared to younger professionals by working with multinational and international leading clients and organizations. His experience includes Corporate Communication to Public Affairs, from Technology to Health sectors, from Companies and International NGOs to European Commission and United Nations, from Europe to Asia and North & Latin America… a rich and diverse array of best practices that can be developed by the future Communication professionals around Europe in this interdependent and global world. Its mentoring include tips on digital and face-to-face networking and multicultural communication, from which meaningful relationships are crafted towards desired business results’ achievement, showcasing how to boost walk the talk stories to build sterling reputations in the bottom line. Based in Lisbon, he actively collaborates with since 2008 European Association of Communication Directors and World Forum Communication Davos.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, institutions, change manager, digital / social media specialist, CSR, multicultural communication

Paola Mascaro

Communications and Public Affairs Director
General Electric Italy

Paola Mascaro is a Communications Executive Leader with 25 years of experience in global companies, both in local and multi-country roles. Main areas of expertise are corporate communications, thought leadership and CSR programs, with a strong expertise on Inclusion & Diversity.

Since June 2013, Mascaro covers the role of Communications & Public Affairs leader at GE Italy. A year after she took also the responsibility of Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business acquired in 2013, and became member of the leadership team.

Mascaro has a University degree in Contemporary History and a Master’s Degree in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. 

She is a board member of Valore D, the most important Italian Women Association, and co-founder of “In the Boardroom” program targeted to Senior Leaders.

Mascaro is also part of the teachers staff at the Global Governance course (University of Tor Vergata – Rome) and at the LUISS Business School (Rome).

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Operating at a strategic level, building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level), personal effectiveness, impact (result skills), established business acumen

Elisabeth Mattes

Consultant Strategic Communication & Marketing

International experienced, she worked for 20 years as a Director of Corporate Communication and Marketing for the international Telekom Austria Group, responsible for the communication activities in 8 countries in CEE – for the University of Vienna and in the environmental business (ARA AG) for the austrian economy. She is an expert in strategic communication, political affairs, branding, financial communication (for stock listed corporations), media relations and change management. Now focussed on digital & social media – and on the the big changes in the media world which will affect the corporate world.

Elisabeth’s personal development: She is an alumni of the IMD (‘Womens Executive Leadership Programme’) in Lausanne and member of the international women’s network who organize their development on a yearly base (IMD). She has attended the ‘Prince of Wales Sustainability Programme’ (University of Cambridge) and the Programme ‘Membership in Supervisory Boards’.

Elisabeth’s passion: Family :), canoe wildwater & literature.

Elisabeth’s motto: "Transforming your everyday routines into more meaningful rituals - and success."

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), personal effectiveness and impact (result skills), established business acumen, worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, institutions, media specialist, change manager, political skills, public affairs

Christine Mohrmann

Internal Communications Leader - Business Initiatives
GE Capital, General Electric Corporation

Chris has 18+ years of experience working in global organisations. She is the Internal Business Initiatives Communications Leader at GE Capital, GE's financial infrastructure, responsible for internal communications for the group's international unit since 2014. Chris joined GE Capital in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis in a senior internal communications role and has held several roles leading change acceleration, restructuring/simplification and employee engagement during an unprecedented period of change for the business.

Before GE, Chris was with Philip Morris where she held roles across the communications function - regulatory and public affairs, corporate responsibility, and internal/external communications, working in New York, Switzerland and London. She started in 1997.

She graduated from the University of Albany, State University of New York (major in Political Science) and began her career in the New York State Legislature. She is a mother of two children and runs half marathons.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, operating at a strategic level, personal effectiveness, impact (result skills), internal communications specialist, change manager

Viktoria Mykhno

Chief Communications Officer
Homsters

Viktoria is a communication professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate and marketing communications. Currently she is a board member at EACD and Chief Communications Officer at Homtsers.com and manages cross-country communications in Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Ukraine. The company's goal is to create online-services for homebuyers, which provide assistance in purchase process for emerging markets.

She has a wide experience in cross-cultural and multicultural environment at banking and real estate markets. Has a highly successful background in development and execution of corporate communications and sustainability strategies. Experienced in corporate communications, marketing communications, internal communications & organizational behavior, crisis/issue management, digital communications, corporate responsibility (CR), as well as change/M&A communications. Delivers strong results and takes the opportunity to bring her knowledge and dedication to work through collaboration, innovation and creativity.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, internal communications specialist, change manager, digital/social media specialist

Richard Northcote

Chief Sustainability Officer
Covestro

Following a career in engineering and journalism, Richard Northcote joined the former UK chemical producer ICI in 1996 to head up Media Relations. After the takeover of his division by US Chemicals producer Huntsman, he was appointed Communications and Public Affairs Vice President. He left the company in 2004 and formed his own consultancy before joining one of his clients, Bayer MaterialScience (now Covestro), as Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. He was appointed Chief Sustainability officer, following the company’s carve out from the Bayer Group.

Born in Scotland, he studied Geography and Economics at Glasgow University before qualifying as a Quantity Surveyor from Croydon College of Technology in London.

He worked on projects in the UK before changing profession to become a construction journalist. He then worked in the Middle East and Asia as a journalist and returned to London in 1991 to take up the editorship of Construction Weekly and then The Engineer; at Morgan Grampian/Miller Freeman.

Northcote is a Steering Committee member of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme (OUBEP); an advisor to the Board of the European Institute for Industrial Leadership (EIIL); and a member of the Editorial Board of Reed Business International's chemical magazine ICIS.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), established business acumen, worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, institutions, media specialist, internal communications specialist, change manager, cultural awareness and ability to communicate at all levels

Terry O´Connor

Head of Communications
Science and Technology Facilities Council

Terry O'Connor is a corporate affairs professional with an unusually broad range of international experience across government, industry, the media and academia. He has a particular focus on successfully enhancing reputation through staff and stakeholder engagement, and on organisational change. His journalism career included appointment as Chief Political Correspondent for the Australian national wire service, before senior media and policy roles on the personal staff of a Cabinet Minister. He then moved into corporate affairs with the national trade promotion agency Austrade, the British High Commission in Australia, and the for-profit air navigation service provider Airservices Australia, before his current UK role in 2008 as the Director of Communications for one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary science organisations. Terry mentors for the UK Government Communications Service, is a Board member of the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, and represents the UK on international science communications partnerships.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level), personal effectiveness, impact (result skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, media specialist, internal communications specialist, change manager

Andy Pharoah

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & Strategy
Wrigley Jr. Company, A Division of Mars, Incorporated

Andy Pharoah is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & Strategy for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Reporting to the Wrigley President, Martin Radvan, Andy is a member of Wrigley’s Leadership Team, the Mars Corporate Affairs Leadership Team and the Mars Sustainability Leadership Team. His responsibilities encompass all aspects of Corporate Affairs, leadership of Global Sustainability, and leadership of the development and deployment of Wrigley business strategy. Born at an early age, Pharoah joined Wrigley in 2008 as EU Corporate Affairs Director based in Munich. Previously he spent thirteen years with international communications consultancy, Hill & Knowlton, where he worked with a wide range of companies, Governments and NGOs, as Head of the Corporate Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa. His early career was spent working in UK politics. Andy Pharoah is a member of the Board of Directors for Keep America Beautiful; and President of the International Chewing Gum Association. Pharoah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from the University of Leicester and resides in Chicago.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), personal effectiveness, impact (results skills), established business acumen

Florence Ranson

Director of Communications
Food Drink Europe

Florence Ranson joined FoodDrinkEurope in April 2014, after 12 years as Head of Communications at the European Banking Federation. She is responsible among other things for strategic planning and reputation management. Previously, she was Secretary General of the European Advertising Tripartite, the European organisation representing advertisers, communications agencies and media. For 7 years, she also was Manager of Team Europe, a European Commission network of conference speakers. In 2006, as a founding member, she was elected Managing Vice President of the European Association of Communication Directors and became treasurer in 2016. She is also Chair of the jury of the European Excellence Awards, member of the jury of the European Commission Internal Comms Awards and of the Europcom conference Advisory Board. She is a regular speaker at communication events focusing on food industry related issues, communication in associations, crisis communications, European and public affairs. Florence holds a degree in English as well as a degree in international relations and political sciences. Based in Brussels, she has been working in European public affairs and communication for over 25 years.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, institutions, specific skills related to associations and institutional communications

Oscar Romero

Senior Manager, Stakeholder Communications
Volvo Car Corporation

Òscar is a passionate communications professional with over 20 years of experience across private and public organisations. A language-loving, dual Spanish-Swedish citizen, he has been in charge of media relations, internal communications, training courses and more recently PR and digital communications - mainly in global, diverse and challenging environments. Trained as a journalist in a busy newsroom before the mobile phone era, Òscar became a trainer for media professionals prior to moving into Corporate Communications, where he has coached C-suite executives to give their best line as communicators.

His experience in five European countries has given Òscar a considerable business acumen across complex sectors like the medical industry, automotive and renewable energy - in addition to a specialised knowledge in international relations while working at the heart of the European Union’s environment bodies.

As a mentor, Òscar has high expectations from himself while remaining a good-humoured, uncomplicated and straightforward coach.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, media specialist, internal communications specialist

Médard Schoenmaeckers

Mentoring Programme Lead
European Association of Communication Directors (EACD)

Until the end of 2015, Médard was Global Head of Communications for HSBC, the Asian-British bank, in London. Previously, he led communications for two of HSBC’s global businesses, Retail Banking & Wealth Management and Private Banking. Prior to HSBC, Médard was Head of External Communications at Syngenta in Switzerland and Manager Media Relations for DSM in the Netherlands. He started his career with ABN AMRO Bank in commercial and investment banking, until he switched to the PR industry in 2001 with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Throughout his career, Médard has worked in regulated industries with companies that either went through major transformation programmes or faced significant reputational pressure. His skills include external and internal communications, thought leadership, change management and financial communications.

Continuous learning is central to Médard’s personal goals and leadership style. He has mentored many colleagues and also received mentoring and personal coaching in his own career. Médard coordinates the EACD mentoring programme.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building a personal brand (influencing skills), established business acumen, worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, cross-cultural diversity

Chris Sciacca

Communications Manager
IBM Research

Chris has been a high-tech communications professional, on both the agency and corporate side, for more than 20 years. After graduating in 1996 he joined a mid-sized New York City-based PR agency where he climbed the proverbial corporate ladder starting out as an account coordinate and finishing as a director. At this point he switched to corporate communications at IBM where he has been ever since. Chris’s career at IBM has spanned press and analyst relations and internal and executive communications. He has worked and lived in New York, Czech Republic, Austria and is currently in Switzerland. Chris owes a large part of his success to the mentors he has surrounded himself through his career and is confident that this experience can help a new generation of communications professionals.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, building a personal brand (influencing skills), media specialist, internal communications specialist, digital/social media specialist

Kirsi Seppäläinen

Senior Vice President, Communications
Stora Enso Biomaterials

Kirsi Seppäläinen is a 52-year old experienced communications professional, currently holding the position of Senior Vice President, Communications, Biomaterials division, Stora Enso. Stora Enso is a global forestry products company with 26.000 employees in 35 countries. Kirsi is part of the division management team as well as communications leadership team.

Currently she is responsible for communications, marketing, ISO and forestry certifications and sustainability issues towards customers. Prior to current position managerial communications and sustainability positions at Stora Enso, Metsä-Botnia, Uponor and Helvar Merca Group. She has a long experience on different fields ranging from employee engagement and strategy communication up to media, marketing, brand and crisis communication with international focus. She has worked in Germany, Italy and Uruguay.

She has acted as mentor before and has a desire to help people grow and develop. A mother of three children, she knows also a lot of combining family and work.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), established business acumen, change manager

Hanane Taidi

Director General
IFIA

Hanane Taidi is Director General at the international trade body IFIA, the international federation of inspection agencies with offices in London, Brussels and Washington. Before that she was Marketing Communications Director for DuPont Performance Materials where she led, developed and directed integrated marketing communications strategies for the Performance Polymers Business in the EMEA region.

Before joining DuPont, Hanane was Director of Communications at PlasticsEurope where she led the communications and public affairs efforts in Europe together with her team of regional Communications Managers. A graduate of Ablemalik Essaadi University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Hanane started off her career working with Brussels-based “Thinks-Tanks” where she gained insight into European Affairs before joining the plastics industry back in 1999.

Since then she has gained extensive experience across a range of communications disciplines, and has been responsible for the coordination of both internal and external communications programmes across 28 EU countries. An accomplished linguist, Hanane speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic to native speaker level.

The key skills that characterise Hanane are persuasion, drive and leadership. Throughout her career, she has benefited from the support and guidance of mentors and personal coaches, therefore she is committed to helping others exploit their potential and pursue a successful carrer. As such, she is mentoring colleagues within an internal DuPont mentorship programme. She is also part of the mentorship programme of a women professional association “the Career Women Form”, where she is helping her mentees shatter the glass ceiling!

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: career planning, broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), building effective networks and relationships (incl. at C-suite level), leadership, public speaking, writing skills / storytelling, stakeholder engagement

Susana Tello

Institutional Affairs Manager
GESTAMP

Her career in communication has evolved both living in senior political and corporate environments and working on the very ground of news making, as a field international reporter, in her early professional years.

She witnessed the Balkan wars, experienced firsthand the unrest at the Middle East and covered far and wide European Union politics. This journalistic background, (which spans with a long educational record on International Relations), brings in a full understanding of media needs to dig up accurate and striking stories in a timely manner.

Such a thorough know-how on reporting proved useful when she faced the challenge of changing sides and was offered to conduct communication policies at the front line of national politics.

After holding several governmental Public Affairs positions in a row over seven years, she was hired to put her experience on running the influence map of a leading automotive company, where she currently works.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, building effective networks and relationships (incl. at c-suite level), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, media specialist

Karen Van der Westhuizen

Communications Director
Forest Stewardship Council

Karen Van der Westhuizen is a seasoned communications professional, with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of communications. She has worked as a journalist for a leading South African newspaper, and as a communicator in in both corporate and non-profit organizations, and in an agency environment. Her background includes managing the needs of up to 3,000 attending journalists at international events; to pulling together press conferences with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates; to devising and rolling out an award-winning engagement campaign to largely illiterate people in rural China.

Currently, Karen is the international Communications Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), where she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the organization’s global communications strategy on a regional and national level, across five continents. To do this, she draws on her expertise gathered throughout her career, and also on the expertise and passion of a dedicated communications team of 14 people in her office, and 35 people from independent national representative offices around the globe.

Karen has been a member of EACD for almost three years and is fully committed to the mission of EACD to drive excellence in the communications profession. Her daily work includes development planning and mentorship for all FSC staff, including those of independent offices, to ensure all FSC communicators have the skills they need to play a meaningful role in the implementation of FSC’s global strategy.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, leading team performance and development (people skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, crisis communications

Koenraad van Hasselt

Senior Manager Corporate Communications
TenneT

Koenraad van Hasselt (Dutch) is a seasoned communications professional, with more than 25 years of experience in managing communications teams across the globe. He worked in various industries (chemical industry, electronics, telecoms, energy) and was based in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany. He operated as an independent consultant in corporate branding and reputation  management for 7 years. He is now Director of Corporate Communications for TenneT in the Netherlands and Germany. TenneT is Europe's first cross border high voltage grid operator and a leading player in realizing the energy transition.  

Koenraad believes in 'getting things done through people', and his management style can be summarized as 'guiding, challenging and coaching'. A good listener, Koenraad has a genuine interest in people and what drives them. He is keen to share his experiences with fellow practitioners. For Koenraad's full profile, look at  www.linkedin.com/in/koenraadvanhasselt.    

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, leading team performance and development (people skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions, corporate branding and reputation management

Laure Van Hauwaert

Managing Director EU Institutions, Government and Public Sector Practice
WPP

Laure heads the EU Institutions team in WPP’s Government and Public Sector Practice. Leader of a team of specialist communications agencies, her role is to bring WPP's best thinking, talent and experience to the EU public sector, by building on solid academic and social research to inform the development of effective strategies for citizen engagement, policy communications, and behaviour change.

She leads agency teams in the development of effective solutions to the major challenge of communicating the European project to over 500 million citizens in 28 different countries and 24 languages. Laure regularly organises inspiration sessions and discussions about best practice in communications for clients and colleagues.

Prior to this role, she was Institutional Communications Director at Ogilvy Brussels for 3 years, where she oversaw business development & senior client management for institutional clients. She led several campaigns for the European Commission’s DG Environment and the last European election campaign for the European Parliament.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, operating at a strategic level, personal effectiveness, impact (result skills), worked across different industries, NGOs, agencies, associations, and institutions

Henriette Viebig

Head of Group Corporate Communications
Körber AG

Henriette has more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of integrated communication campaigns and measures as well as in counselling top executives. She brings in experience from various industrial sectors: energy, pharmacy, construction, fast moving consumer products and B2B (machine building, software etc.) etc.

As Head of Group Corporate Communications at the internationally leading technology Group Körber, her current focus is on the strategic communication and modernization / digitization of the communications portfolio for the Körber Group. This includes branding and brand architecture development, change as wells as M&A and PMI communications. In addition, Henriette is an experienced ghost writer for top executives.

Before joining the Körber Group in 2014, she led the team for Online and Internal Communications at RWE, one of the leading energy suppliers in Germany and Europe. Previously to the corporate communications practitioners’ life, Henriette worked for PR agencies. She holds a diploma in Social & Cultural Studies and Communications and studied at Hildesheim University in Germany and Bath Spa University College in the UK.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: operating at a strategic level / strategic counsel, internal and change / transformation communications, positioning plans, writing and editing as well as impact (result orientated skills), personal and team effectiveness, leadership styles

Ines Windisch

Head of Global Communications
Sanofi Consumer Health Care

With more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry Ines has worked in different local and regional positions in Communications, Public Affairs and Market Access before she joined the Global Generics business of Sanofi based in Prague, Czech Republic and afterwards the Global Consumer Healthcare business of Sanofi based in Paris, France. Since March 2017 she is heading the communication for Global Integrated Care within the Global Business Unit Diabetes & Cardiovascular at Sanofi, based in Paris, France. During her career Ines has focused a lot on organizational excellence and change management including re-organization and integration processes. She started her career at the Austrian television before joining the pharmaceutical industry. She holds an MBA in Health Care Management from the University for Economics and Business Administration in Vienna. Ines believes that mentoring is an essential part of the personal development for both, the mentee as well as the mentor.

Skills and areas of expertise for mentoring: Career planning, Broad skills base in relation to different communication areas, Leading team performance and development (people skills), Building a personal brand (influencing skills), change manager