Brussels, September 5, 2022 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), one of the leading integrated communications and public affairs agencies in the country, today announced the appointment of Karel Van Eetvelt as CEO of H+K Belgium.
Van Eetvelt has been leading advocacy organisations for over two decades, previously heading construction industry association, Bouwunie, the Flemish association for the self-employed, UNIZO, and the Belgian federation of the financial sector, Febelfin. Most recently he served as an advisor for Deloitte and prior to that, Van Eetvelt managed the RSC Anderlecht football club.
Van Eetvelt will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the H+K Belgium office, as well as advancing the firm’s public affairs and advocacy communications offerings and providing strategic client advisory support.
“We are delighted to welcome Karel into this important role as we continue to deliver the highest quality PA and PR advisory services for the projects that really matter to our clients,” said Melanie Faithfull Kent, CEO Europe for H+K Strategies. ”With his respected track record, unique advocacy experience and strong communications skills, Karel will further strengthen our client servicing and H+K leadership in Brussels and throughout our European and global network.”
“Companies are contending with more complex issues than ever before. Having the support of experienced strategic advisors to help navigate these new challenges has never been more crucial,” said Karel Van Eetvelt, newly appointed CEO, H+K Belgium. “I’m excited to be joining H+K and its dynamic team of consultants and look forward to continuing to provide innovative solutions and services to help our clients on their way to a bright and sustainable future.”
“Karel’s familiarity with international and EU policies and decision-making is a clear plus for our clients seeking help in navigating the Belgian and European policy media landscapes, be it by enhancing their reputation, advocating for policy change or guiding them through M&A or restructuring processes,” said Thomas Tindemans, Chairman of the Board, H+K Belgium. “But what particularly attracted us to him are his strong people and coaching skills and his outspoken emphasis on integrity. His expertise, dynamism and enthusiasm will further enhance our team’s excellence. He will ensure the continuity of our integrated public affairs and communications offering while he adds fresh views and new know-how.”
Van Eetvelt will report to Melanie Faithfull Kent, CEO Europe, who has led the Belgian operations for the past six years and will now focus on her expanded leadership oversight of Europe and her client advisory work with the Belgian team.