Laurent Chokoualé Datou

Chairman, EU Public Affairs

Laurent joined Weber Shandwick in February 2012 as Chairman of the EU Public Affairs practice. He has over 24 years’ experience delivering public affairs and strategic communications support and advice to clients in the corporate, trade association, government and not-for-profit arenas – at EU institution and country level.  A lawyer by training, he also has long-standing experience in managing the public affairs and government relations aspects of major EU M&A and antitrust reviews.

His sector experience spans aviation, financial services, food and drink, telecoms/ICT, financial services and health and pharmaceuticals. Client experience includes Orange France Télécom, Barclays Bank, British Airways, Danone, The Coca-Cola Company, Total, Shell, Novartis and Roche. 

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Laurent was Managing Director of Edelman’s Brussels office and before that, Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s Brussels office.