Experts in corporate and institutional communications
Led by former journalists and heads of communication, the B2P team consists of high-level professionals who have worked for major corporates and institutions.
An experienced, international team
All of our consultants speak at least three languages (English, French, German) and have extensive knowledge of the culture, institutions, business and current affairs of Europe and European countries.
A network of excellence, creating confidence
B2P is part of a huge network of business, media and political contacts, with especially strong links across Europe’s French- and German-speaking countries (company top management, political figures, journalists)
Bénédicte de Peretti
Managing Partner (Paris - Munich)
Before creating B2P Communications, the consultancy’s founder and Managing Partner held leadership positions in the media and the communication consultancy sector for over three decades.Since 2008, Bénédicte has been directing strategic communications mandates at the level of CEOs, board members and global head of communications. She has led many successful communication campaigns for large French and German companies, often part of the CAC 40 or DAX indices, as well as international institutions.
Charles- Étienne Lebatard
Director (Paris) - Partner
Charles-Etienne joined B2P in 2016 following almost 15 years in industry. He has developed extensive expertise in corporate communication, covering the full spectrum from critical financial communication to senior management advisory and crisis communication. He has served as communication advisor to the CEO of EADS (now Airbus Group), Louis Gallois. He then joined Total as Head of Media Relations, working closely with the company’s Chairman and CEO, Christophe de Margerie. In 2014, he was appointed VP Communication at Total M&S (32,000 employees in 130 countries), the retail division of the oil major.
Prior to joining the Investor Relations department of EADS in 2003 in Munich, Charles-Etienne worked 5 years as a financial journalist. He holds a law degree from Paris University and is a graduate of the IPJ (Institut Pratique de Journalisme).He speaks French and English.
Managing Director (Munich)
Philipp Lehmann joined B2P in May 2018. After working 12 years in the industrial sector he has gathered sound experience in international media relations, CEO and executive communications as well as crisis management. Before joining B2P, Philipp headed the Airbus `CEO & Executive Communications´ team for four years, working closely with CEO Tom Enders and further members of the Airbus Executive Committee. Prior to that, he acted as the Corporate Spokesperson for German and international media.
During his career with Airbus, which he started in 2006 in the internal Communications department of the EADS Defence & Security division, Philipp has developed his strong ability to translate complex subjects into vivid stories that easily resonate with wider audience. Furthermore, in the international working environment of Airbus, he has built up a keen sense of intercultural specifics that are decisive in change and transformation projects. Philipp graduated in Political Science, Psychology and Economics from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich. Born in the United Kingdom, Philipp speaks English and German fluently and speaks French as well.
James Gibbs joined B2P in December 2018. Over the previous 15 years, James developed his expertise in the fields of financial communication, crisis communications and strategy while working in industry. Most recently, he served at BMW Group headquarters, where he supported the company’s efforts to reach out to financial markets, through adaptation of the Group’s international financial reporting to the demands of international capital markets. Prior to this, he served in various management functions at Airbus Group, in particular within the fields of investor relations, issues management, internal communications and strategy. James graduated from the University of Oxford, obtained an MA from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation (CFA® charter), the leading distinction in the investment management profession. He has been awarded the title Certified Investor Relations Officer by the German Investor Relations Association (DIRK) and the Certificate in Investor Relations from the UK Investor Relations Society.He speaks fluent English, French and German.
Manuel Fuchs possesses more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications and public affairs. He worked as spokesperson and as consultant for PR firms, too. Prior to joining B2P in early 2017, he was responsible for the external communication activities of energy group Total in Germany since 2010. He already worked for the PR agencies H&K Strategies in Berlin as well as Weber Shandwick and Publicis Consultants in Paris.During his career Manuel Fuchs managed communication projects for clients from various sectors. By doing so, he established a proven track record in advising senior management internally and externally with emphasis on Crisis Communications, Corporate Messaging, Governmental Affairs, Issue and Stakeholder Management, Media Relations as well as CSR and Social Media. Manuel Fuchs holds a diploma of “Institut d’études politiques de Paris” and studied at the Universities of Heidelberg, Potsdam and Toulouse. He speaks German (native language), French and English.
Audiovisual media specialist, Jérôme Libeskind has developed a strong expertise in the economic and financial information fields from 20 years spent in several large newsrooms. After spending 5 years with the financial written press, he transferred to the French financial radio station BFM Radio in 2002 to anchor a daily program covering financial markets. He became senior reporter, regularly interviewing top business executives and economic personalities. In 2005, he was instrumental in creating BFM TV. In 2010, he conceived the BFM Business bimedia (TV-Radio) project, becoming its Deputy Managing Editor.In 2012, he joined i-Tele, a TV news channel, to head its economic news service, and carried out economic commentaries for Canal +. He produced and anchored the regular l’Hebdo de l’Eco show, which had an entrepreneur guest every week.In 2016, Jérôme decided to offer his media expertise, information production know-how and storytelling sense to the business community.
David Pearson joined B2P's Paris office in 2017, and has lived in France for nearly half a century. After five years in the editorial department of the International Herald Tribune, he joined Dow Jones News as a reporter, and was Paris bureau chief for 15 years. He covered economic, corporate and financial news in France as well as international financial institutions, and wrote regular commentaries. More recently, he covered the aerospace and automobile sectors for the Wall Street Journal.David, who is British, studied at Napier University in Edinburgh. He is bilingual English/French.
Dr. Ilja-Kristin Seewald
A German national commuting between Paris and Frankfurt, Ilja-Kristin Seewald is a specialist for internal and external communication, crisis communication as well as public affairs. Between 1988 and 1997, she was a television, radio and print journalist and also has 15 years of experience in communication for large financial groups. She was Director of Communication and Public Affairs at DZ BANK in Frankfurt as well as Director of Financial Communication and Spokeswoman at Allianz SE in Munich. Ilja-Kristin Seewald holds a PhD from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt (Dr. phil.) as well as degrees from the University of Hamburg, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the University of Marburg. Moreover, she was a research fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C.She speaks German, English and French.
Bernard Sirven is specialised in business communication as well as press and media relations.He has over seven years of experience in developing and overseeing the communication projects of a diverse range of institutions most of all in finance sector – initially working at Capmot, an agency specialising in business and finance communication. For over a decade, he was also a journalist writing about business and bank issues for several major French newspapers such as L’Agefi, La Tribune, Capital Finance, Figaro Eco and Nouvel Economiste.Bernard Sirven holds a degree in economics and graduated from the Institut Français de Presse. He is the co-author of “Un mariage d’orgueil, l’histoire secrète de la fusion entre le Crédit Agricole et le Crédit Lyonnais” (A marriage of pride, the secret history of the fusion of Crédit Agricole and Crédit Lyonnais).He speaks French and English.
Senior Consultant (Paris)
Laetitia Quignon joined B2P in 2016, after 4 years in an international consulting firm based in Paris and specialised in crisis communications and the preparation and implementation of restructuring programs She focuses on public affairs as well as corporate and strategic communications, mainly for the transportation, luxury and agri-food sectors.She holds a master´s degree in Finance and Strategy from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo.) and is fluent in French, German and English.
Senior Consultant (Berlin)
Laura König joined B2P in 2016. Through her work at The Aspen Institute Germany, communications consultancy CNC Communications & Network Consulting and at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she gained insights into project management, public affairs and press relations.She holds a Master degree in Culture, Communication and Globalization from Aalborg University, Denmark.Laura speaks German, English, Spanish and French.
Sarah joined B2P in 2019, having developed her expertise in corporate communications and press relations while working in the press department of audit and consultung firm Deloitte and at a communications agency. She began her career at the Düsseldorf office of Business France, where she spent three years managing German media relations on behalf of exporting companies. She later joined the Business France Headquarters in Paris.
She holds a double master's degree in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the Free University of Berlin, and a bachelor degree in Political Science from the Free University (FU). She speaks fluent French, German, English and Polish.
Marine Delabie joined B2P's Paris office in 2018. Prior to that she has worked in the Press Service of the French Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and for the NGO `Windows´ in Tel Aviv, Israel.Also, she has gained experience in communications and media relations while working for the Middle East advocacy department in the International Directorate of the catholic relief organization `Secours Catholique.´ Marine holds a degree in International Relations from the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix), France.She speaks French, English, German and Italian.
French national, Benjamin Lory joined B2P Communication Consulting in 2017, after spending 3 years abroad in the UK, the USA and China in heavy industry.
He works for sectors such as automotive, high tech and electric industries.
Previously he worked for heavy industries’ international departments handling exports and international business contracts.
He specialises in influence and communication strategies, media and public relations. He graduated in Business intelligence from IRIS and International business from Toulouse Business SchoolHe speaks French, English and Spanish.
Annina Mitterreiter joined the Munich B2P office in October 2018 after having gained experience in TV and radio journalism (ZDF, BR – both German public-service broadcasters) and public relations (Siemens AG, German-Australian Chamber of Commerce Sydney). She studied International PR, communications and politics at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Sciences Po in Paris and La Sapienza in Rome.She speaks German, French, English and Italian.
Junior Consultant (Berlin)
Aaron Eucker joined B2P in 2018. Prior to that he has gathered experience in the fields of communications, public relations and public affairs by having worked at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, at the Bundestag and at the Communications and Marketing Department of the Provinzial insurance. He holds a degree in International and European Governance, a binational course of study of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Lille and the University of Münster. He speaks German, French and English.
Jasper Tautorus joined the B2P team in September 2018. Previously, he gained experience in external communication and nonverbal communication at the movement therapy company Esprit Concrete and in storytelling as founding manager of the Politics Made Public magazine for political education. Jasper studied Sport Management at Emlyon Business School in Paris and Shanghai and International Relations at Queen Mary University in London.He speaks English, German, French and Spanish.