Hering Schuppener partner Gregoire Verdaux is heading to Philip Morris International, where he will take on the position of senior VP external affairs on Sept. 1.
Before coming to Hering Schuppener, Verdeaux was group international policy director at Vodafone, where he built a team focused on developing integrated regulatory strategies, such as ensuring licenses to operate in sensitive emerging markets in Africa and Asia.
He previously served as European policy director at Electricité De France, deputy head of the cabinet of the French President and director, strategy and finance of Unitaid, a hosted partnership of the World Health Organization.
In his new role, Verdeaux will report to the company’s CEO, André Calantzopoulos.
“Gregoire’s range of experiences—from working for national and E.U. parliaments and governments, the U.N., WHO, as well as private companies undergoing significant transformation—has given him a unique understanding of how political decisions are made. This makes him an ideal candidate to join us at PMI and help adapt the regulatory environment applicable to reduced risk products, as we continue our transformation to a smoke-free company," said Calantzopoulos.
WPP owns Hering Schuppener.