BRUSSELS – June 2, 2017 – Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global public relations and public affairs firms, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Spillane as a new Account Director in the Corporate and Public Affairs department, focusing primarily on the technology, media, and telecoms sectors. Spillane brings to the team over a decade of communications experience spanning three continents.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Spillane was a reporter at Politico Brussels where he championed coverage of the digital single market, in addition to distributing one of the outlet’s newsletters that set the daily political agenda for the EU’s TMT issues. With a substantial network across the European institutions, Chris established a reputation as a renowned and trusted source of news, analysis, and reaction in the EU, with noteworthy stories including details of the European Commission’s plans to overhaul copyright legislation, sweeping reforms of telecoms policy, and antitrust investigations.
Before his time at Politico, Spillane held numerous media positions and as a foreign correspondent, he has been published in more than 30 newspapers globally. He served as a correspondent in South Africa for Bloomberg News acting as technology and media expert for the continent. He also gained experience as a correspondent in both the U.K and New York, and reported on the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Mónica Vicente Cristina, Managing Director, Corporate and Public Affairs at Weber Shandwick Belgium, commented:
“We are delighted that Chris has joined our team in Brussels. His media relations and journalistic track record speaks for itself. His deep knowledge of the EU and the technology sector will be a huge asset to our clients and will further strengthen our abilities to create integrated public affairs campaigns that go the distance and solve core business challenges.”
Chairman of Public Affairs, Laurent Chokoualé Datou, also commented on the appointment:
“Chris brings deep expert knowledge of telecoms, copyright and competition with him to the already strong Public Affairs team in Brussels. In the context of disruptive business models and constant change, his inside knowledge will be woven into campaigns and strategies that will guarantee our clients public affairs success.”
On his appointment, Spillane said:
“I am excited to join such a well-established team at Weber Shandwick – an agency that has legitimately built an international reputation as a trustworthy, knowledgeable and innovative consultancy. I look forward to working with the Corporate and Public Affairs team and incorporating my media and journalistic experience with regards solving client challenges, delivering refreshing campaigns and sharing my technology sector expertise.”