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Marcel Michelson

A versatile and experienced communication professional, editorial manager and international financial journalist based in Paris. Quick grasp of complex matters, exposure to many industries and several countries. Lived in London, Zurich and Amsterdam. An innovator and thought leader, a stable pair of hands and dynamic personality. Contacts with top executives and officials. Keeps composure under pressure, can handle public speaking appearances and television. Master's degree in economic sciences, fluent in several languages. Tech- and internet savvy, helicopter view and eye for detail.

Key competencies

Strategy development, strategic thinking, story telling, writing, editing, blogging, team-management, analysis, mentoring, teaching, training, change management. Inspirational, agile, consensus seeker, out-of-the box thinker, listener. Likes professional challenges, being creative and competitive.
"Marcel was a highly conscientious, hard-working colleague who took his job extremely seriously. He had a deep understanding of the financial markets and a broad interest in many, diverse fields. He never shied away from the tough decisions and was very well organised. I can envisage him excelling in various roles.” Crispian Balmer, bureau chief Israel and Palestinian Territories, Thomson Reuters.

Current activities
From Jan 2011, owner/director of an agency for communications consulting and content creation.

Blue Heron Research Partners
Management due diligence reviews, reputation studies and market research.
Contributor commentary on European business.

Past experience

Thomson Reuters (1986-2010).
The highlight of my long and international career was the position of chief correspondent France for equities, energy and commodities news, leading a team of 15 journalists against KPI, managing change and communicating with external partners.
I had a secondment in London to the editor-in-charge for company news Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing some 100 professionals.
Prior to that, I was European lead auto correspondent with reporting trips to Japan, China, U.S among others and responsibility for automotive news on the website.
I was considered a management talent by the hierarchy and an inspiring leader by my team.
I held a webinar on “Best practices for financial news releases” for listed French firms and created a Reuters Academy in Paris for training purposes.
Before that, I was based in Amsterdam, London and Zurich and climbed the ladder from cub-reporter to chief, covering many big stories including mega takeovers and corporate crises as well as general and political news events for multimedia audiences.
In all those places, I built networks of contacts to obtain information before the competition. I resigned from the company because I wanted to explore new professional horizons without moving country again.

BNP Paribas Investment Partners (2012).
Investment editor for several client publications and communications and marketing material in English, Dutch and French (maternity leave cover). I worked on articles, websites, newsletters, news releases and digital client campaigns ranging from Chinese equities, a water fund, low-volatility stocks and a framework for insurance companies to adapt to the Solvency II regulations. These projects involved designing and producing different material for specific audiences and markets. I participated in the development of a strategic marketing plan for 2013 and the creation of an SRI website.

Voluntary work
From March 2013, chairman of the Dutch association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Parijs en omstreken) in Paris after several years of being its comptroller. Event organisation, institutional representation. Membership survey into communications strategy and activities, design of new website and brand name, alignment of website/blog with Facebook page, electronic newsletter and quarterly magazine. New CMS.

University of Amsterdam, economic sciences. Obtained a Master's degree (drs.) in 1986 in a mix of general and business economics. I was a member of the faculty board (daily management) and faculty council (monthly sessions) as student representative and was an editor of the faculty paper.

Languages in order of fluency – Dutch, English, French, German and Italian.