Brussels, 19 March 2009 - Carla Espinhal has joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide’s (Ogilvy PR) Brussels office as Director of Public Policy Communications. In this role, Carla will manage the agency’s work for the European Institutions. Carla brings over 12 years experience of EU affairs in Brussels where she worked at the European Commission in DG AIDCO before leaving to work in consultancy.
Natalie Sarkic-Todd, Managing Director, Ogilvy PR/Brussels, commented: “Carla’s appointment reflects the importance we place on the communications work carried out for the European Institutions. Ogilvy PR has been successfully running public sector communications projects and campaigns from Brussels for more than a decade. Carla’s experience of managing EC contracts is invaluable for the framework contract we currently hold with DG Research as well as for the continuing growth of this important part of our business.”
Ogilvy PR’s recent public sector work includes climate change and civil liberties campaigns for the Alliance of Liberal Democrats in Europe, the launch of the newly established Foundation for European Progressive Studies, communications support for the public private Innovative Medicines Initiative and the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. Ogilvy PR was recently appointed to the communications roster of the European Parliament and was just been awarded the DG Environment contract for Green Week.
“I am delighted to be joining Ogilvy PR to support the EU institutions’ communication with European citizens. Having just returned from Lisbon, I am acutely aware of the challenge in communicating beyond Brussels. Ogilvy PR’s track record in creative, insight-based based communications and social marketing campaigns offers the best opportunity to engage with citizens in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their lives.”
Carla returns to Brussels from her native Portugal where she was working in the Parliament as Assistant to the President of the EU Affairs Committee. She reports to the Managing Director, Natalie Todd, and joins management colleagues Deepika Sandhu, Director Public Affairs, and Laure Van Hauwaert, Director Corporate and Consumer Communications.
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