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U.S. diplomat William Klein joins Finsbury Glover Hering in Berlin as Consulting Partner


  • Former Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Beijing joins the international public affairs team of the strategic communications consultancy

  • Strengthening of advisory services for international clients in times of growing geopolitical tensions

Former top U.S. diplomat and investment banker William "Bill" Klein will join Finsbury Glover Hering's Government Affairs, Policy & Advocacy practice as Consulting Partner on 1 February. Klein was a member of the United States Senior Foreign Service until 2021 and most recently served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In this role, he represented the diplomatic, economic and security interests of the United States in China and advocated for the continuation of constructive dialogue with government officials, think tanks, academia and the private sector against the backdrop of dramatic changes in US-China relations.

Dr Brigitte von Haacke, CEO Europe of Finsbury Glover Hering commented: "There could not be a better time to welcome such a renowned and experienced gentleman to our advisory team. Bill is a fascinating border crosser between cultures and has been at home in the sphere of challenging interests for decades. We are very much looking forward to making his skills, experience and, not least, his diplomatic aptitude available to our clients internationally as part of our advisory offering. Welcome, dear Bill!"

At Finsbury Glover Hering, Klein will specifically help international clients deal with geopolitical complexity and advise them on how to make their voices heard in the world's most important markets in order to effectively represent their interests.

Klein spent a total of over 20 years in the diplomatic service of the United States, representing its interests in diplomatic missions on four continents, including Ukraine, Israel, India, Qatar and Taiwan. Prior to his mission to Taiwan and China, he was Deputy and Acting Head of the China Desk of the US Department of State. He is also a Senior Associate with the Freeman Chair in Chinese Studies of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a renowned think tank in Washington, DC.

Klein was born in Oregon and raised in North Ogden, Utah. After studying at the University of Utah and the Freie Universität of Berlin, he began his career in the banking sector in Frankfurt and, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, led the profitable growth of the Landesbank Sachsen as Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets. In addition to his mother tongue, he has excellent language skills in Mandarin, Russian and German. He lives in Berlin with his family since 2022.


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About Finsbury Glover Hering

Finsbury Glover Hering is a global strategic communications consultancy headquartered in New York. In late 2021 Finsbury Glover Hering and Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) completed their merger to create the world’s leading strategic communications firm with 1,000 communications professionals advising clients in navigating critical opportunities and challenges. The new firm offers unparalleled experience across five practice areas Corporate Reputation and Leadership Strategies, Crisis Management, Transaction and Financial Communications, Government Affairs, Policy and Advocacy and Transformation and Change. The combined company will launch with a new name and brand in early 2022.

Finsbury Glover Hering and SVC offer seamless and integrated support with offices in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Riyadh, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., West Palm Beach and Zurich.

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