Andrew Laurence appointed Chairman and CEO of EMEA of Hill & Knowlton
22 January, 2004
Paul Taaffe, chairman and CEO of Hill & Knowlton, Inc. today announced the appointment of Andrew Laurence as chairman and CEO, Hill & Knowlton Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Laurence succeeds Taaffe, who continued to hold that position since his tenure (1994-2004). Most recently Laurence was the chairman of practices for the EMEA region and the deputy chair of Hill & Knowlton UK.
In this new position, he joins the firm’s Worldwide Executive Committee, completing the independent representation of Hill & Knowlton’s five regions. Laurence will be responsible for the offices across the EMEA region as well as a network of associate offices. The appointment is effective immediately.
“As a 15-year veteran of the agency, Andy is a leader and respected practitioner throughout the region. His considerable industry depth and proven track record offer our clients and staff stability and experience unmatched by our competitors,” Taaffe commented. “The EMEA region did well last year in spite of tough trading conditions. Much credit for this must go to a seasoned and professional management team of which Andy is a key part.”
“I am pleased and proud to have the opportunity to lead Hill & Knowlton EMEA in its next phase of development,” Andy said. “H&K is one of the great public relations companies, strong in the region, with tremendous people, great clients and challenging assignments. I expect us to continue to raise our game and, central to this, will be a total focus on helping our clients succeed in a fast changing business climate.”
Laurence joined the company in 1989, and has held a number of senior positions within the firm including joint CEO of the UK firm. One of the firm’s most senior client advisors and a specialist in international corporate communications, he headed the UK company’s corporate practice for five years and was instrumental in developing large scale relationships with both domestic and international clients. He has led multi-disciplinary international assignments and has contributed to the development of the firm’s services in corporate communications strategy, employee communications, and corporate social responsibility.
Previously Laurence spent three years with the London Docklands Development Corporation where his work spanned investment, development, planning, political and community issues associated with Europe’s largest regeneration project. Laurence graduated from Reading University with an honours degree in law. He is a barrister, a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and a member of the Institute of Public Relations. He regularly writes and lectures on aspects of corporate communication.