Heard in Europe

Heard in Europe reported last month that a number of former Commission spokespersons have found themselves at loose ends since the transition to the new Juncker administration.

Well, many of them seem to have found something to keep themselves busy – the lobbying business.

Tired of twiddling their thumbs since the new executive took office, some spokespeople decided to hop over to the private sector, and, more specifically, private sector consulting firms.

Come to the dark side...

FTI Consulting, a firm in Brussels, announced on Wednesday (11 March) John Clancy’s appointment as senior director. Clancy was spokesperson for Karel de Gucht, the former trade commissioner who launched negotiations over the EU-US trade agreement, TTIP.

Dennis Abbott, the spokesman for Androulla Vassiliou, former Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, recently joined Burson-Marsteller, a global PR and communications firm headquartered in Manhattan.

And Ryan Heath, the former spokesman for Neelie Kroes, is now international senior advisor at Edelman, where he will develop a new speechwriting offering, to be launched in 2015.

Expect more generously reimbursed moves to be announced soon.


Photograph courtesy of Alan. Published under a Creative Commons license.

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