AMSTERDAM, March 4, 2021 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), one of the world’s leading public relations firms, has appointed business strategy consultant, Jan-Paul van Term, as CEO in the Netherlands.
Alongside the day-to-day management of H+K Netherlands, Van Term will lead the expansion of the market’s existing corporate advisory services, which includes reputation management, crisis + issues and financial transactions communication, into risk advisory, digitalization, ESG consultancy and governance advisory.
Previously an equity partner at AT Kearney and KPMG Advisory, Van Term has extensive experience in strategy consulting, specifically focusing on new business models, digitalization and the development of commercial strategies for clients. He has spent the past two years as an independent strategy consultant, and has also worked at Quintel Strategy Consulting, BCG and Unilever. Van Term holds an MBA from INSEAD and is currently a commissioner at engineering firm Tauw and at Mega Windforce.
“There is a clear pattern emerging among consulting firms where issues such as reputation management and ESG strategy are becoming increasingly intertwined,” said Melanie Faithfull Kent, H+K’s Senior Vice President for Continental Europe. “At H+K we are looking to supplement our corporate advisory practice with services that will broaden our expertise and offerings for clients. Our Amsterdam office will play a pioneering role in this, led by Jan-Paul who has a proven track record in successfully building and leading a board-level consultancy organization.”
Van Term will join the statutory board of H+K B.V. He commented, “H+K offers a great challenge, and I’m eager to sink my teeth into it. I’m energized to lead a firm of top consultants in their market and I find it exciting to broaden the scope of H+K without losing sight of the firm’s roots.”
Van Term succeeds Jack de Vries who after 10 years on the H+K Netherlands’ board, the last three as CEO, is keen to dedicate his focus to advising clients on public affairs and crisis + issues management, two areas that are growing at pace in the market.
“After ten years on the board of a firm like H+K, you get to know all the facets of managing the organization and H+K has a good tradition of the CEO returning to the consultancy practice. With the appointment of Jan-Paul we are entering a new era and we can literally and figuratively give our focus on corporate consultancy a face,” added De Vries.
For more information please contact:
Ingo Heijnen, Chairman Hill+Knowlton Strategies BV
06-55867904 | Ingo.Heijnen@hkstrategies.com
For Media Enquiries:
Sarah Brandon, Global Communications Lead
+1 416 413 4773 | Sarah.Brandon@hkstrategies.com
Megan Jackson, Senior Marketing Executive
+44 20 7413 3766 | Megan.Jackson@hkstrategies.com
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. H+K has over 80 offices in more than 40 markets, as well as an extensive associate network, delivering award winning campaigns to clients across all sectors and disciplines and with a focus on continued innovation for the industry. Recent innovations include Flight School +, a crisis communications training and simulation tool, Better Impact™, a new approach to citizenship and sustainability consultancy, and H+K Smarter™, a behavioral science unit. Headquartered in New York, the firm is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.