Managing Director of one of Austria's leading communications agencies, The Skills Group. Specialised in service development, issue management, crisis comms, strategy and social media. Until 2020, for many years Vice President of the Austrian Public Relations Association (PRVA), responsible for International Affairs and Quality Standards. Served ten years as Board member of the Austrian PR trust seal and co-authored Austrian and international industry standards.
Anita is Co-Founder of Agency Experts and serves as its first CEO. She is a certified business auditor (2008) and has a record of successfully auditing communications consultancies in Austria and Germany (Austrian PR trust seal, ICCO Consultancy Management Standard – CMS). As a result, she has a deep insight into the communications industry and how successful consultancies are structured and managed.
Elise is a three-time CEO, leadership strategist, business consultant and executive coach. She is the founder of Mitchell Communications Group, one of the top 10 fastest-growing public relations firms globally and a two-time Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Under her leadership, her agency grew more than 500% in five years.
Founder and CEO of All Channels Communication Group – the major Bulgarian independent communication group with more than 90 consultants in Sofia and Vienna. He has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and manager of one of the most dynamic Bulgarian communication companies in the field of PR, advertising, digital communications, media planning and PR. He is specialized in business growth and development, business strategy, business transformation and change management, process management, service development, people’s management, etc.
Dr. Reto Wilhelm has been a proven communications consultant and media trainer for more than 25 years and has a wealth of experience as a journalist, on the corporate side and in the agency sector. He owns and manages the full-service agency Panta Rhei PR AG. It is a proven expert in strategy consulting, full-service implementation, media and crisis training and coaching. He is one of the pioneers of quality management in agencies in Switzerland. For over 15 years, his agency has carried the international CMS III seal of approval of the ICCO (International Communication Consultancies Organisation), on whose board Reto Wilhelm is also actively involved in anchoring quality management in agencies worldwide. The same applies to his work for the Association of PR Agencies in Switzerland BPRA, where he has been active for 9 years.
General Managing Director at FleishmanHillard in Germany. Special focus on business development, agency management, organisational change and reputation management. Since 2019 member of the Presiding Committee of the German Communications Association (GPRA), with a main emphasis on Quality Management.
Chairwoman of the Management Board of Fink & Fuchs AG. Specialised in communication consultancy, reputation management, strategy and Employer Branding. Since 2017, Deputy President of the German Communications Association (GPRA), responsible for Human Resources and Quality Standards.
Beate Heinrich, founder of the agency HEINRICH GmbH Agentur für Kommunikation (GPRA), Ingolstadt, has been a self-employed communications consultant since 1999 with a focus on the food, lifestyle, building, living and furnishing sectors. She has almost 30 years of practical experience in communications consulting for companies and associations as well as in the development and management of PR agencies. At HEINRICH Kommunikation she is currently responsible for the strategic development of the agency as well as the areas of quality management, creation, new business and digital media.
Running an agency can be tough, so sometimes a little outside input and a fresh perspective can help solve a business or operational issue quickly. Or ensure that an opportunity for growth is exploited to the maximum. That’s where Richard comes in. He works with agency heads and leadership teams on a project basis to make sure that their businesses are growing as quickly, smoothly and consistently as possible. With a practical and motivating approach, Richard focuses on delivering measurable results for agency owners.
Co-author of Grow, Build, Sell, Live a book on building a great agency (part of the PRCA series), CEO of Onva Consulting and Chairman of The Employee Engagement Alliance. He is the creator of the award-winning communications planning and management regime – ValueFlow – that won for his firm the accolade of the UK’s Innovative Company of the Year in 2003. The PR agency he built was the fastest growing PR company in the UK in 1991, the No.2 performer over a decade in 1997 and one of the Top 5 PR firms to work for. In 2001 his company was ranked Ofex Company of the Year. He is a Fellow and past Chairman of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is on the global board of the Worldcom PR Group
Experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry, in both the corporate and the agency side. Strong business development professional skills in Crisis Management, Digital Strategy, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. Board Member of @ICCOPR (International Communication Consultancies Organization) and Secretary General of HACA (Hellenic Association of Communication Agencies).
Helmut is senior partner and member of the management board of The Skills Group, one of the leading and most awarded Austrian communications agencies. He is specialised in strategy consulting, positioning/re-positioning, change communications, identity consulting, internal branding, employer branding, brand management. Helmut is experienced in re-structuring, integration and change management of (network-)agencies, based on his time as managing partner for PKP BBDO and Ketchum Publico. Helmut is Co-Founder of Agency Experts.
Wolfgang Zeglovits is CEO of datenwerk, one of the most influential digital agencies in Austria, as well as partner at the Skills Group. Starting in 2006, he led the transformation of datenwerk from the in-house division of a computer systems corporation to an independent social media campaigning and web development enterprise. A media psychologist and digital anthropologist by training, Wolfgang is firmly convinced that we can make the internet a place for human progress and cooperation. It is his mission to develop innovative strategies and methods to enable digital communication and social media use at eye level. He shares his knowledge via consulting, training, and coaching for companies, organizations and individuals at all levels.
Co-founder & CEO of one of the leading communications agencies in Austria, currycom communications. Communications expert with 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, brand development, -positioning and -management, as well as a systemic consultant and coach for management and organisational development. Internationally active and inspired by the topics of ethics, relevance and meaningfulness. Interdisciplinary consulting competence for large organisations, institutions, NGOs, associations and executives. Managing Director of the Austrian PR Quality Trust Seal and board member of the PRVA (Public Relations Association Austria).
Patrik Schober graduated from international relations and social communication and completed internships at Holmes College in Sydney and the University of California Irvine. He began his career at publishing house Computer Press. He established and is the Managing Partner of PRAM Consulting PR agency since 2002. Between 2017 and 2018 he was Chairman of the Board of Worldcom PR Group. In addition, he is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Association of Public Relations in Czech Republic and member of the Board of ICCO. Czech PR Klub awarded him as PR Personality in 2018. Patrik is married has two children and he is passionate runner and mountaineer.
Senior Public Relations Director with comprehensive experience in communications and skills development set within a highly competitive market. A proven expert with strong expertise in Project, QMS, and Risk Management planning/implementation in connection with media relations and making effective policies and procedures. A results-focused and effectual leader with demonstrated ability to launch and grow public relations projects in harmony with Quality & Risk Management Policy. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills lending to an aptitude for developing collaborative relationships among high-functioning teams of creative professionals. Consistently recognized for outstanding contributions to the bottom line. Extraordinary media & management coaching concepts since 2007.
Every executive in a communications agency can benefit from the outside perspective of a competent advisor from time to time. However, not all business consultants and auditors know and understand the nuances of the communications industry. While you may be able to share some insights about your business with fellow agency leaders, you likely find yourself limited in what can be discussed, due to confidentiality restrictions and competitive reasons.
To solve this problem, the Agency Experts platform offers experienced business and executive consultants who are native PR and communications professionals (consultancy owners, managing directors, senior executives). Our experts advise agency managers from other markets or disciplines within the communications industry. We offer cross-market, cross-border, cross-company and cross-continental guidance. This can be accessed through 1:1 coaching, online and telephone consulting, and on-site engagement as needed.
Our mission is to make communications consultancies and their managers more successful and to improve the overall resiliency and quality of the PR industry. In addition to individual coaching and management consulting services, we facilitate the implementation of quality management programs, serving as auditors for the international Consultancy Management Standard (CMS) quality certification of ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organisation) or the ISO scheme.
Agency Experts also provides selected independent quality management experts and certification auditors who have extensive experience in auditing communications.
These auditors and experts are skilled in developing and implementing certified quality management systems within agencies and also conducting audits according to international industry standards, such as the CMS - Consultancy Management Standard of ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organisation).
Our goal is to increase the number of quality certified communications agencies and to improve business success and crisis resilience in the communications industry.
The Agency Experts organisation provides this free service to agency leaders seeking professional advice from business consultants with a strong background in the communications industry.
This online platform operates independently and is supported exclusively through the membership fees of participating consultants, with no paid content or advertising. We base the selection of experts solely on their qualifications and recommendations from respected industry organisations. The use of data and information provided here for any third-party activities or purpose is strictly forbidden.
Agency Experts was founded in 2019 by individual senior agency management experts and a group of quality auditors (see team & experts). It is a private project of the individual professionals involved and is not affiliated with their employers or any other communications agency, agency network or media house.
While the use of this online service and the actual matchmaking platform is entirely free of charge for users, all resulting consulting service relationships will be based on fees and expenses individually agreed upon in written form before any billable consulting services begin.
Only experienced executives with a proven track record leading an agency in the industry (PR, advertising, marketing, digital), are chosen to become members of the international Agency Experts network. As a result, you will only work with highly qualified professionals who understand your business inside and out.
Preferred, selected Experts are also industry thought leaders who have played an active role in national or international industry organisations. Such experts are widely known for a deep understanding of the values of global and cross-company cooperation, quality, and business ethics.
Does your experience align with the criteria of our Agency Experts? Are you ready to share your expertise as a consultant with other agency professionals in other countries or markets? If so, please send us your CV, preferably along with a recommendation by an existing member of the Agency Experts network or your national communications industry organisation.
We will respond to you as soon as possible and provide any available opportunities and membership information.