15 June 2011

Jack de Vries joins the board of directors of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Nederland

Jack de Vries, former State Secretary of Defence, has joined the board of directors of the Dutch branch of the global communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton. As well as assuming management responsibility, De Vries will head Hill+Knowlton Strategies' Public Affairs practice.
Jack de Vries’ wide-ranging communications and administration experience in politics and the business world, his proven ability to operate at the highest level and his extensive network of contacts make the former Communication Manager of the Year a valuable addition to the board of directors of Hill & Knowlton Nederland. As well as attending to his management duties, Jack will advise boards of directors and management teams on their public affairs and communications strategy. His presence will also strengthen the Hill+Knowlton Strategies Issue and Crisis Management practice. Outside of Hill+Knowlton Strategies De Vries will continue to appear as a commentator on the news and entertainment magazine programme De Wereld Draait Door and write as a columnist for the weekly magazine HP/De Tijd. He also has a seat on the Dutch Christian Democratic party’s strategy committee.


“Jack is one of the most famous communication strategists in the Netherlands. We always seek to appoint the top people in our field and Jack has been at the top of our list for quite a while. His profile is entirely in keeping with our position in the market as the agency that is called in when it really matters. His background in politics will be a tremendous asset to our Public Affairs practice in The Hague. He also has a wonderful personality, so we are very much looking forward to working with him on the board of directors,” said Ingo Heijnen, Managing Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Nederland.Jack de Vries: "I first encountered Hill+Knowlton Strategies when we were working on a joint project. There was an immediate professional and personal affinity.
So we started talking. In my field Hill+Knowlton Strategies are top of the bill, not only in the Netherlands but also worldwide. The agency has a rich history and has worked on so many critical projects. At this point it has many interesting clients in a wide range of sectors of the business world and offers tremendous possibilities for someone in my field. "


“Hill+Knowlton Strategies is the communications agency that is called in to advise at board and management team meetings together with other top consultants. To maintain this position we need good people. With his talent for strategy, his wide ranging experience and his broad background, Jack de Vries will be able to make an important contribution both in the Netherlands and beyond,” said Sally Costerton, CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies  EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).