James Barbour
James Barbour

James Barbour, who led the European Union's PA and communications effort in Washington, has signed on as Hill+Knowlton Strategies' US PA director.

As counselor to the EU Delegation, he coordinated public policy efforts for the 28-member group, analyzed US political action and advised on member states on how to relate to American influencers.

Prior to the EU job, Barbour was press secretary and communications chief at the British embassy in DC. He was responsible for 50 communications staffers and establishing the media profiles of the ambassador and top officials.

That US posting followed a more than three-year tour in Moscow as press secretary and leader of the dozen-member PA staff.

Before joining H+K as a VP in 2005, Barbour worked at the Foreign Commonwealth Office on South African matters including post-conflict reconstruction, human rights, economic and CSR issues.

Richard Millar, H+K global president, praised Barbour's extensive diplomatic background and expertise in thought leadership, technology and PA.

"Having worked in D.C. for eight years he is well-connected in the policy, think tank, embassy and media worlds and will be a great asset for our clients across all sectors,” said Millar.