18 September 2013
Former Regulatory Affairs Director at bpost Joost Vantomme Appointed Director at Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Joost Vantomme, former Regulatory Affairs Director at Belgium’s postal service company bpost, has been appointed a Public Affairs Director at H+K Strategies’ Brussels office.
The European Commission’s recent plans to roll out single telecom market and the growing role of postal services in the era of e-commerce mean that companies in these sectors now constantly need to adapt to changes in the regulatory framework. To reinforce H+K’s expertise in EU competition and internal market policy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Joost Vantomme as Public Affairs Director in its Brussels office.
The European Commission’s recent plans to roll out a single telecoms market and the growing role of postal services in the era of e-commerce mean that companies in these sectors constantly need to adapt to changes in the regulatory framework. To reinforce H+K’s expertise in EU competition and internal market policy matters, Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Joost Vantomme as Public Affairs Director to its Brussels office.
Joost has more than 20 years’ experience dealing with internal market and competition policy issues in the utilities sector and an in-depth knowledge of the international, EU and Belgian political and business environment.
Prior to joining H+K Strategies, Joost spent 12 years managing the regulatory agenda in bpost where he was in charge of interacting and negotiating with the Belgian government, the Belgian regulator, the EU institutions and various European regulatory bodies.
His track record also includes policy work at a ministerial cabinet level and trade associations. Joost chaired the European Union Affairs Committee in PostEurop, the association of European public postal operators and led working groups on aviation security and customs issues in the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the world’s largest forum at United Nations level for cooperation between postal sector players.
Prior to joining bpost, Joost Vantomme served as Legal Director and Regulatory Development Director for 9 years in Belgacom, one of the largest telecom service providers in Belgium.
Thomas Tindemans, CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Belgium welcomed the appointment: “Joost’s expertise, dynamism and enthusiasm make him a great asset to our team. His extensive experience in the utility industry and impressive track record of working on both European and Belgian regulatory issues will help us deliver the highest standard of strategic counsel to existing and new clients in this sector.
A Belgian national, Joost holds a Master’s degree in Economic Business Law, a Master’s degree in Law and a Diploma in Teaching Law (Universities of Leuven, Poitiers and Louvain-la-Neuve). Joost regularly speaks at industry conferences and is the author of numerous articles on regulatory issues in the telecommunications and postal/transport sector. Joost is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.