Former Shell Public Affairs Head Wanda Cornelissen To Lead Weber Shandwick Netherlands’ Energy & Infrastructure Practice
THE HAGUE – 7 February, 2011– Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global public relations firms, today announced the appointment of senior public affairs expert Wanda Cornelissen to lead its Energy & Infrastructure practice in The Hague. Wanda Cornelissen has extensive experience in the energy and maritime fields, both private and public sector, and is a member of the Dutch delegation of Women’s Representatives at the Committee for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Wanda was head of government relations and manager, corporate external relations at Shell Nederland B.V. for 10 years. Her role was focused on lobbying, information provision, policy advice on climate and environmental matters, changes within the energy sector and strategic projects that impacted Shell. She worked on a range of issues including renewables and offshore wind farms, biofuels, state highway filling station auctions, oil and gas production and CO2 storage. Before Shell, Wanda was head of public affairs at the Municipal Port Authority Rotterdam.
“Wanda brings with her an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key energy sector issues and is a widely-respected senior public affairs practitioner with many years of experience at publicly listed companies and government bodies including the Ministry of Economic Affairs. I am delighted to welcome her on board – this appointment allows us to further extend our strategic, integrated public affairs and public relations range of services for our clients,” said Annick Boyen, managing director, Weber Shandwick Netherlands.
“I am thrilled at the prospect of providing regulatory and reputational counsel for clients and look forward to working alongside Weber Shandwick’s public affairs, corporate and digital experts. As the energy arena becomes more competitive, there are a number of opportunities for companies to consider as they work toward meeting the Dutch Government’s energy security objectives,” said Cornelissen.