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Communications & Public Affairs Officers

In a competitive industry where corporate reputations can be built or destroyed within seconds, the values and abilities of the stakeholder management team are more important than ever. New responsibilities are arising in roles, going above and beyond the original job specification. The Chief Communications/Public Affairs Officers and Corporate Affairs Directors are quickly becoming a critical part of any executive team. By maintaining relationships with staff and clients, and engaging in creative communication to uphold a strong business reputation, a strong reputation is created. This is crucial to a business’s success, as customers are less likely to purchase a product or service if they have reason to believe it is not genuine.

Communications Executive Search

We understand the Corporate Affairs Director to be the most exciting and new multifaceted position to emerge in a long time. We have developed a strong expertise in finding and developing the skills of executives.

Our pioneering work has identified the traits necessary for a new leader to be successful in a digitally charged world where boundaries are vanishing. Individuals must be empathetic, strategic, and adaptable—these leaders must know how to align corporate strategy with reputation and how to talk to organisations and stakeholders.

To become a trusted advisor to the whole business, CCOs of the future need to go beyond their standard expertise to be a true business leader. This is not an easy position to fill, but with the help and expertise at our 68 global offices, and with public affairs consultants who come directly from the industry, we have the opportunity and ability to enter into a partnership with you to find the communication leaders of the future.

Communications & Public Affairs Officer Consultants

Gizem Weggemans

Gizem Weggemans

London

Global Lead

Gizem Weggemans, based in London, leads Egon Zehnder’s HR Officers Practice as well as its Communications and Public Affairs Officers practices…

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C.

Kim Henderson, a founding member of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C., office, is active in the firm’s Consumer Practice and Services Practice.

Neil Hindle

Neil Hindle

New York, Washington, D.C.

Neil Hindle, based in New York, was the former Lead for Egon Zehnder’s Public and Social Sector Practice globally and has deep expertise appointing…

Lex McGraw

Lex McGraw

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Lex McGraw is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Private Equity, and Financial Officers practices. He is a trusted advisor in…

Caroline Lombardi

Caroline Lombardi

Miami

Caroline Lombardi, based in Miami, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Services and Consumer Practices. She applies her extensive hands-on industry experience…

Martha Josephson

Martha Josephson

Palo Alto

Martha Josephson, based in Palo Alto, is the founder and leader of the global Digital segment of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications…

Marc Normandin

Marc Normandin

Montreal, Calgary, Toronto

Marc Normandin is Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner for Canada. Based in Montreal, he draws on his international experience when advising companies on…

Manuel de Miranda

Manuel de Miranda

Lisbon

Manuel spent seven years in New York before founding our Washington DC office, where he continues to serve as a trusted advisor to a range of clients…

Anthony Cavanough

Anthony Cavanough

London

Anthony Cavanough, based in London, leads executive search and leadership assessment, development and advisory projects for a wide range of…

Alison Beckett

Alison Beckett

London

Alison Beckett, based in London, plays a leading role in Egon Zehnder’s HR Practice group in London and globally and is also active in the firm’s…

Simon Page

Simon Page

London

Simon Page is a trusted advisor on board performance, talent development, and the appointment and integration of senior executives. Based in London…

Charlie Beasley

Charlie Beasley

London

Based in London, Charlie Beasley is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Legal Regulatory & Compliance Professionals…

Lisa Barlow

Lisa Barlow

Paris

Lisa Barlow, a Franco-American based in Paris, co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Board Practice in France and is very active in the firm’s global Consumer…

Jerome Hamon

Jerome Hamon

Paris

Jerome Hamon, based in Paris, advises corporations and private equity firms on leadership, recruitment, and talent development. Jerome leads our…

Ingrid van den Maegdenbergh

Ingrid van den Maegdenbergh

Amsterdam

Ingrid van den Maegdenbergh is Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in Amsterdam. She works on leadership projects, with special expertise in consumer and…

Natascha van Boetzelaer

Natascha van Boetzelaer

Amsterdam

Natascha van Boetzelaer is a thought leader on all aspects of digital talent and organizations. Based in Egon Zehnder’s Amsterdam office…

Thought Leadership on Communications & Public Affairs Officers

Curiosity is the Key to Professional Growth

Curiosity is the Key to Professional Growth

Communications & Public Affairs Officers

Egon Zehnder's Gizem Weggemans discusses what it takes to be a well-rounded communication leader in today’s market. Read more

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Communications & Public Affairs Officers

The rapid elevation of communications leadership has given many practitioners a seat at the table but has left them to fill the role without… Read more

What We Heard – Never Waste a Crisis

What We Heard – Never Waste a Crisis

Marketing Officers

The combination of overlapping social media networks with passionate and vigilant consumers means that chief marketing officers and chief communications officers are never more… Read more

PRWeek – How Communications Leaders Adapt to a Post-PR World

PRWeek – How Communications Leaders Adapt to a Post-PR World

Communications & Public Affairs Officers

PRWeek, eBay, Egon Zehnder, and Edelman convened senior PR pros from Silicon Valley to discuss best practices and big issues facing the comms and… Read more

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