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    Acumen reinforces its healthcare offer with new Strategy Director

    Brussels, 21 February 2018

    Acumen, a leading public affairs company in Brussels, announced today that Thomas Bols is joining as Strategy Director. He will primarily focus on reinforcing Acumen’s already well-established healthcare practice, bringing specific expertise in assisting healthcare companies and associations with their strategic communications and public affairs projects.

    Thomas Bols is a recognised business professional with a long-standing experience, through a variety of consulting and corporate positions, including for Amgen, Merck AG and Biogen. He has worked in the interconnected areas of market access, government affairs, public affairs, health policy, corporate communications and patient advocacy.  He has advised and represented companies as well as industry federations in engagements with politicians, policy makers, patient representatives, media, regulators, payers and other national and European health policy platforms. 

    Commenting on his appointment, Thomas said, "I'm really motivated about taking my career and Acumen’s business forward – I think there is a real opportunity to bring my experience to healthcare clients in Brussels as well as in capitals, and of course at global level.”

    Elaine Cruikshanks, Founding Partner of Acumen stated, “We are really excited about the prospect of Thomas working with us and proud that we have been able to attract a professional with such a wealth of in-house and consultancy healthcare experience to offer clients.”

     

    About Acumen Public Affairs

    acumen public affairs is an independent consultancy set up in 2010 to combine the very best of big agency experience with hands-on senior support. Founding partners Elaine Cruikshanks, Abigail Jones and Giles Keane have an unrivalled track record in public affairs and strategic communications gained through more than 50 years of working for corporations, governments, trade associations, NGOs and international institutions in Brussels, Geneva and beyond. Current and past healthcare clients include: Novartis, MSD, IFPMA, Roche, Leo Pharma, Eli Lilly, and EFPIA.

     

    Contact:

    Abigail Jones, Partner

    abigail@acumen-publicaffairs.com

    Giles Keane, Partner

    giles@acumen-publicaffairs.com

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    New and familiar faces at acumen public affairs

    Acumen is pleased to announce new team hires aimed at consolidating the growing business of the company in various policy areas.

    With 10 years of Public Affairs experience on her side Mélanie Yammine joins as Account Manager to help grow the client portfolios in healthcare and environment. Asked about her recent arrival she said: “I am very happy I joined the Acumen team because I highly value their reputation and achievements at Brussels but also global level”.

    Mélanie built her expertise working for leading trade associations CEFIC and EFPIA. During her career she has developed a knowledge in healthcare, environment, climate change, food and global health policies and has grown a strong interest in stakeholders’ relations and sustainability challenges. She has participated in many different advocacy campaigns for leading European sectors and has grown a solid know-how in developing public affairs strategies. She has also run communication projects and has become an expert in social media in recent years.

    Misachi Ogawa continues at acumen public affairs as a Consultant after his successful traineeship with the company. Misa will run a grassroot global campaign to raise awareness about falsified medicines: www.fightthefakes.org. He is a key member on the team that works with the IFPMA across a wide range of topics including AMR, vaccines. Coming from Germany he recently completed his masters at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Julia Burkhalter returns to Acumen Public Affairs as Consultant after a completing a trainseeship last summer.  A Swiss national, she is currently writing her Master thesis to complete her studies at Sciences Po Paris. Julia gained first work experience in the Brussels bubble when working for the Swiss Business Federation and worked in public affairs consulting back in Switzerland. Julia promises added value to Acumen for clients such as Mitsubishi, Mastercard and Syngenta.

     

    About Acumen

    Acumen public affairs was launched in September 2010 and its growing client portfolio includes Cargill Europe, DuPont, European Broadcasting Union (EBU),  the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA), LEO Pharma, MasterCard, Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim, Mitsubishi, Merck Sharpe & Dohme (MSD), Novartis, Public Libraries 2020, Syngenta, and Uber.

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    Season's greetings from acumen public affairs

     

    Everyone at acumen public affairs wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

    Abigail, Agnès, Alex, Alexandra, Elaine, Eva, Fabienne, George, Giles, Katarina, Maëlle, Maissane, Misachi, Nikos and Sophie

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