Oleg Ilyin is a seasoned public relations professional with over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, crisis management, and media training. His background includes projects for over 100 Russian and international brands, state institutions, and NGOs since 2000 in the roles of both consultant and project leader. Holding degrees in political science and business psychology, Oleg has also extensive track record as a media coach, helping business owners, leaders, and comms teams take the most out of every public and/or media appearance. Oleg is an award-winning author and experienced facilitator, able to combine profound expertise and effective teamwork frames.
Cornelia has been a brand strategist, communicator, and senior agency executive for over 25 years, working across Europe, Asia, and the US. Among the companies and clients she worked for are Mars, Unilever, Shell, Microsoft, P&G, Beiersdorf, Inbev, Wrigley, Ecco Shoes, Hilton, Bosch, Adidas, Gore, Siemens Home Appliances, TÜV SÜD, Grohe and Tata.
She has led award-winning communications and marketing work for multi-national accounts headquartered across the globe, set up global teams and structures, led numerous agency pitches by bringing together specialist talents to produce better and more creative outputs in faster time.
As the head of global account management, she worked with forty key-account managers and clients to provide the most effective counsel possible.
Cornelia is a speaker about brand topics and a university lecturer on international communication management. Cornelia has studied marketing and business administration in Germany and France, lived in Germany and India and worked in most markets in Europe and Asia. She believes that changing perspective is not only the most important ingredient of successful communication, but the spice of life.
Catherine has 35 years’ experience in global marketing and communications working with blue-chip businesses around the world and has lived in both Europe and the US. Positions have included senior international management roles with Harrods, Motorola, Napster, Edelman, Almond Board of California, and Dolby. Most recently she held leadership positions within higher education at the University of Leicester. Her experience in building and mentoring teams, developing corporate/brand narrative and effective marketing strategy across a range of industry sectors from start-ups to multinationals, provides invaluable support to business leaders and entrepreneurs alike.
She understands the challenges of a global business working in multinational, diverse teams and the importance of maintaining brand integrity whilst acknowledging local culture and market conditions. Catherine has also worked on many major team reviews and reorganizations developing models for efficient work streams and personnel development within global marketing teams.
Currently a member of Authentic Vision’s European Advisory Board, she also works with C-suite executives on crisis, marketing and communications strategy and leads highly effective, results orientated “Brand Bootcamps” which help businesses develop brand frameworks and tools to align their position and messaging.
Catherine grew up in the UK and has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications and an MA in strategic marketing. She speaks fluent German and good French and lives near Bordeaux in France.