CEO Brussels/Belgium and Chairman of European Public Affairs
Russell is the CEO of Grayling Brussels since 2003 and Chairman of Grayling’s PA network across Europe. He is also chairman of Grayling’s Brexit Unit, with teams in both the EU and the UK..
He has 30 years of Brussels/European/international governmental relations/PA and PR experience and has worked for organizations such as DHL, Abbott/AbbVie, PepsiCo, Roche, WHO, the European Commission and the Japanese Government.
He started his career in the European Commission/Telecommunications and then joined an international law firm where he specialized in trade/competition policy. Thereafter, he focused on governmental relations and public relations by joining several global communication firms.
He has worked on many GR/PR campaigns, managing all elements from the establishment of the strategy to the implementation on the ground as well as managing cross-regional teams.
He has held a number of parallel positions including President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Secretary-General of the European Express Industry Association (EEA), the European ventilation industry (EVIA) and of the Union of European Lubricants (UEIL) .
He is a Professor at several universities and lectures on lobbying and communications and provides corporate training across the world on advocacy, lobbying and media training.