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Interel, the global public affairs consultancy, has announced two Board appointments as part of its global growth strategy.

Michael Murphy, formerly Global CEO of Grayling, brings industry expertise and will leverage his global communications experience to drive innovation and business development at the public affairs consultancy. Murphy runs his own advisory firm and supports a number of international and regional communications and marketing firms in an advisory capacity. Prior to Grayling, he held senior positions at Weber Shandwick.

Patrick de Bellefroid, company director, business angel and board member at Puilaetco Dewaay Private Banking has been appointed to provide financial counsel and accelerate global growth. De Bellefroid chairs the Quest Cleantech Fund alongside his Board roles at Puilaetco Dewaay Private Banking and at a number of other Belgian companies.

Commenting on the appointments, Fredrik Lofthagen, Interel’s CEO, said:

“This is an exciting time for Interel. We are winning global accounts and working at the highest level with major global brands to mitigate political risk and protect licence to operate. In these challenging times, our clients count on us to position them as an essential part of the policy debate and help them to take the long view.

We are delighted to have Michael and Patrick on board with us. Their insight, guidance and global view will help us to build on our excellent profile in the market place and speed our expansion.”

Michael Murphy added:

" I have known Interel for many years. As the leading independent global public affairs firm I have watched with interest as their reputation in the market has grown. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Fredrik and the team as part of this award-winning business."

Patrick de Bellefroid said:

"Interel is a business with impressive potential to grow globally. I am looking forward to the challenge of building on this success in Europe and beyond."