Press releases

In this section you find press releases of the European Association of Communication Directors.

2016 EACD Board Elected

Brussels, July 7th - EACD members have elected a new Board which will carry the association forward in the next two years. The EACD Board is elected every two years and comprises leading European communicators. Coming from companies, associations and institutions, they represent the diversity of the EACD's membership across regions and industries.

At this year’s General Assembly, members elected the following new board members:    

Herbert Heitmann
Bayer AG
Managing Vice-President
Inge Wallage
Communications and Engagement Director, International Water Association
Anthony Gooch
Director Public Affairs & Communications, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Luca Biondolillo
Group Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Director, Benetton Group S.p.A.

Florence Ranson

Director of Communications, FoodDrinkEurope


Marianne Amssoms
Vice President Global Communications, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Edna Ayme-Yahil

Head of Communications, EIT Digital

Yannis Freris
Head of Corporate Communication & Sustainable Development, GEFYRA S.A.
Pierre Goad
Global Co-Head of Communications, HSBC Holdings

Nicole Gorfer

Head of External Communications, Roche Pharma AG
Lubna Haj Issa

Head of Corporate Communications, DUFRY

Jan Hol
Senior Vice President Communications, VU Medical Center

Emily Kirwan
Associate Director of Communications and Engagement, EY

Viktoria Mykhno

Chief Communications Officer at / / Prof.Estate
Atte Palomäki
Group Vice President Corporate Communications & Branding, Wärtsilä Corporation
Utta Tuttlies
Head of Press & Communications/Spokesperson, S&D Group in the European Parliament
At the inauguration of the new EACD Board, on behalf of the entire association, Herbert Heitmann thanked outgoing Board members Elisabeth Schick, Ingmar de Gooijer, Thomas Barbelet, Natalia Kurop for their outstanding commitment to the EACD during their time in office.
The new Board will carry the association forward, deciding upon the EACD’s activities and initiatives over the next two years, and the future direction of the organisation as a whole. For more information, please see