She has over 18 years of experience in strategic corporate and financial communications, helping clients of publicly listed and private companies to build and execute strategic communications programs to support their business objectives alongside managing their reputation.
Prior to joining Kekst CNC in March 2018, Vanessa was head of communications for the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division at Credit Suisse, which included global M&A, providing strategic counsel to senior management, the CEOs of a number of countries in the EMEA region including the U.K., Iberia, Germany, France and South Africa as well as the sector and product heads in the investment bank. Vanessa sat on the bank’s EMEA Reputational Risk Committee and since the EU Referendum in June 2016, she formed part of the Brexit Working Group, where she led the communications strategy and activities for the bank’s Brexit plans. In September 2017, Vanessa led the strategic communications and marketing for the launch of the Impact Advisory and Finance Department at Credit Suisse.
Prior to working at Credit Suisse, Vanessa worked for nine years at three leading international strategic communications consultancies.
During her career, Vanessa has provided strategic counsel to clients in a number of sectors including financial services (banking, Private Equity, insurance and asset management), retail, technology, industrial and renewable energy and advised on a number of issues including crisis situations, leadership transitions, organizational change and litigation.
Vanessa holds a BA in History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London and successfully completed the Corporate Affairs Academy course at the Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2014. She is a Trustee of the Queen’s Club Foundation in London.