André Benoît

Montreal, Canada

Associate, CS&A International

About

André is a dynamic, multilingual Canada-based Corporate Affairs leader with extensive international track record influencing legislative processes, building public and commercial awareness to facilitate business growth and enhance reputation. Opens new doors for opportunity, broadens understanding, alters perception, minimizes resistance to change, and instills trust. Creates value. Has planned and executed numerous complex, delicate and culturally-sensitive campaigns within global organizations that operate under close regulatory scrutiny, and interact with diverse stakeholder groups.

He has over 25 years of experience in the Americas, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, holding senior expatriate roles within large global CPG companies in the tobacco and food industries, active in the fields of public affairs, government relations, global strategic communications, and reputation & crisis management in high-pressure, rapidly changing business environments.

André began his professional career in 1986 as a Foreign Service Officer with the Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry and was posted as Trade Commissioner to the Soviet Union (1987-1990), the United States (1990-1992), and as Executive Director of the Canada-Russia Business Council, a private sector trade association, in Toronto (1992-1994).

He joined the private sector in 1994 in the tobacco industry, with senior roles in Russia, at the company’s HQ in Geneva, as well as for the Americas region, until late 2009. In 2011, André joined a global US-based packaged food corporation for a senior Corporate & Government Affairs role covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, first in Vienna and then in Dubai, until November 2016. He joined CS&A International as Associate in November 2017.

André holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Montréal, as well as a Certificate in Advanced Social Media from the University of San Francisco. André is fluent in French, English, and Spanish and conversant in Russian.

Skills

Advocacy in Emerging Markets
Coalition Building
Corporate Communications
Crisis Management
Government Relations
Media Relations
Public Affairs
Regulatory Compliance
Risk Evaluation
Stakeholder Management
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