Munich / Stockholm / London / Dubai / New York, 1 October 2021 – Kekst CNC, the global strategic communications consultancy, today announced that Ola Rembe, Lars Lindblad, and Julian Hill have been named Partners at the firm.
In addition, Antonia Munte, Helena Winje, Nahed Ashour, and Valentina von Lutterotti have been named Directors, Daniel Hoadley has been named a Principal, and Piotr Pillardy has been named Deputy Head of the KIRA (Knowledge, Intelligence, Research & Analysis) team in New York.
Effective immediately, these promotions across our key markets reinforce our industry-leading talent pool geared towards counseling clients through business-critical communications challenges.
"We are proud to recognize the efforts of some of our industry’s most talented professionals. As they raise our profile on an international scale, these individuals fortify Kekst CNC’s reputation as home to some of the world’s most sought-after experts in their respective fields, and we look forward to their continued contributions to the area of strategic communications."
"These promotions further broaden the scope of Kekst CNC’s reach; our unified operations across the US, Europe, and the Middle East have benefitted from their focus and acumen, and they improve on our already significant global offering."
Ola Rembe, Stockholm
Ola has more than 20 years of strategic and operational experience in marketing and corporate communications. He has substantial experience in running change communication programs, supporting compliance issues, and building corporate reputation programs. Prior to joining Kekst CNC in January 2020, Ola was Global Head of Communications for the Ericsson Group and brings extensive experience from the corporate world.
Lars Lindblad, Stockholm
Lars has experience from a variety of advisory roles within communications, crisis management, and public affairs for large Swedish and international companies and organizations. After two years in Brussels where he led our team, he is now back in Sweden. Lars also has an extensive background in Swedish and European politics, including a 12-year tenure as Swedish MP and as Group leader of the Party’s parliamentary group from 2006-10.
Julian Hill, London
Having started his career at Kekst CNC over a decade ago, Julian now leads the firm’s Science and Innovation global service area, helping industry-leading and high-growth companies gain competitive advantage from their innovation activities. Julian runs complex communications mandates for a range of multinational clients and his industry experience spans FMCG, food, agriculture, technology, health, and energy.
Antonia Munte, Munich
Antonia advises clients in the areas of corporate and financial communications, as well as crisis situations. She also brings a strong network into the German start-up scene, having advised a number of its leading female entrepreneurs with their respective company exits and developed/implemented their internal and external media and communication strategies. Antonia joined Kekst CNC more than ten years ago.
Helena Winje, Stockholm
Helena specializes in financial and corporate communications including reputation, sustainability, issues preparedness and crisis management. She has extensive experience from strategic counselling for large Swedish and international companies in various sectors and leads several of Stockholm’s mandates for tech companies. Prior to joining Kekst CNC in 2017, Helena worked as a communications advisor at Diplomat Communications Group.
Nahed Ashour, Dubai
A Jordanian national, native Arabic speaker, and our longest-serving employee in Dubai, Nahed provides corporate, financial, and IR strategic consultancy for a number of clients across the Middle East and has worked on a range of transactions across different sectors in the region. Nahed draws on many years of experience across different areas of public relations including corporate, financial, and transaction communications; crisis management; and media relations.
Valentina von Lutterotti, Dubai
Valentina primarily advises clients from a number of industries, including aviation, law, finance, and energy, on corporate communications; crisis and issues management; and digital engagement. Valentina is a key pillar of our international team, working with colleagues around the globe every day.
Daniel Hoadley, New York
Daniel advises clients on a wide range of special situations, as well as ongoing strategic positioning and capital markets activity, so that they can effectively communicate and build confidence with their key stakeholders. He has significant experience in investor relations, crisis and issues management, M&A, and bankruptcy and restructurings, among other areas of expertise. Prior to joining Kekst CNC, Daniel worked in corporate communications and investor relations at Pearson, where he also provided chief-of-staff support to the CEO.
Piotr Pillardy, New York
Piotr is a core member of the KIRA team and leads a wide range of research initiatives, including industry benchmarking research, media/social media analysis, and actionable communications-focused due diligence. Piotr also is experienced in investor relations, corporate activism, litigation support, and crisis preparedness and response for clients in private equity, consumer finance, and industrials, among others. Prior to joining Kekst CNC, Piotr worked in research and project management roles at several global boutique consultancies.
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