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René Gribnitz joins Finsbury Glover Hering as a Partner


  • Former head of communications at Zalando to join the Tech and Transformation team of Germany's leading strategic communications consultancy

  • Expansion of offering for founders and CEOs of startups and tech companies

    René Gribnitz (48) will join Finsbury Glover Hering as a Partner in October 2021, strengthening the leadership team of the strategy consultancy for communications in Continental Europe. With his experience in setting up corporate communication structures at Zalando, the long-standing head of communications and former journalist will strengthen the offering for founders and CEOs of startups and tech companies and thus contribute to the further growth of the “Tech & Transformation” practice in Berlin. The team advises fast-growing and tech companies on establishing corporate communications, on their positioning, on crises as well as on the preparation of financing rounds and IPOs – from media relations to internal communications or financial communications.

    Dr. Brigitte von Haacke, Managing Partner at Finsbury Glover Hering, comments: “Having worked with René as our client before, we know him as a true team player. He has a profound understanding of founders’ needs and knows how to establish professional communication in fast-growing companies. He thinks like a journalist as much as like an advisor. Our clients will benefit from his exceptional experience and his relationships in the startup world. We are thrilled that he decided to join Fins-bury Glover Hering during this exciting phase of growth.”

    As a journalist and communications manager, René Gribnitz has spent the past almost three decades building up or reorganizing editorial offices and communication departments. He has extensive experience in positioning companies and their founders and executives to achieve business and brand targets through media strategy, executive communications, investor relations and stakeholder engagement. Between 2014 and 2021, he has built up Zalando's corporate communications and has played a key role in shaping the perception of one of Europe's greatest startup success stories. Previously, he headed the joint Berlin editorial team of “Die Welt”, “Welt am Sonntag” and “Berliner Morgenpost” and was responsible for the group's startup coverage. At Financial Times Deutschland, he headed the technology and media teams and acted as Deputy Editor of the Politics and Economics department.

    Together with his fellow Partner colleagues Raphael Neuner and Prof. Christopher Storck, he will now expand the offering of the Tech & Transformation practice: "The partnership at Finsbury Glover Hering is an extraordinary opportunity to contribute my experience in expanding the already unique offering to founders and CEOs of startups and tech companies. I am delighted to work with colleagues who rank among the best advisors in the world. I am honored to join their ranks and also learn from them,” explains René Gribnitz.


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    About Finsbury Glover Herring

    Finsbury Glover Hering is a global strategic communications consultancy headquartered in New York, with around 700 multidisciplinary experts in the world’s major financial, government, economic and cultural centers. The company emerged from the merger of the leading consultants for strategic communications, Finsbury, The Glover Park Group (GPG) and Hering Schuppener. It advises its clients on questions of Government Relations & Policy and Advocacy, Corporate Rep-utation & Leadership Strategies, Crisis & Issues Management, Transaction & Financial Communications and Transformation & Change, based on Research & Insights, Digital Strategy, Media Planning & Creative Solutions.

    Finsbury Glover Hering is represented in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Munich, New York, Beijing, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, To-kyo and Washington D.C.

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