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VMA Group, Europe's leading recruitment and executive search company dedicated to corporate communications, has announced the development of its international network with the opening of its new European operation, headquartered in Brussels. In addition, VMA Group has signed an affiliate partnership agreement with Patino Associates, a leading corporate communications executive search firm in the United States, to assist VMA Group in gaining a significant US footprint.

Dawn Springett, formerly with Deutsche Post DHL and Burson-Marsteller, has been appointed to manage VMA Groups European operation in Brussels. Having worked in Germany and Singapore Dawn brings over 10 years of change management and communications experience to VMA. The European office will replicate the focus on corporate and internal communications and investor relations roles across Europe, but will also have a dedicated practice focused on the Brussels-based public affairs and policy arena.

Reporting to Oskar Yasar, Managing Director of VMA International, and working alongside VMA Group CEO Julia Meighan, Dawns objective is to establish and grow VMA Groups operations and continue to position it as Europes leading company in its sector.

The opening of its European operation is part of VMA Groups continuing international development and part of its three-year plan to establish operations across Europe, the Far East, Middle East and Australia. The signing of the affiliate partnership agreement with Patino Associates, based on the East Coast, is part of this international strategy and both companies will work under the same stringent service levels for clients and candidates on an international level.

Oskar Yasar, Managing Director of VMA International, said, This exciting news follows six years of unprecedented growth for VMA Group and highlights the ambition of our team to be the worlds leading provider of dedicated corporate communications and PR talent.

Making our first steps into Europe along with our strategic alliance in the US is incredibly heartening - it strengthens our service to our clients and candidates who are looking for global expertise, talent and roles.

Commenting on her appointment, Dawn Springett, Senior Consultant, VMA Europe, said: I am excited by the opportunity to help build VMA Groups European practice, brand and service offering. With the growth in migration of talent across Europe and from the USA, the international demand for professional and trusted recruiters in the communications space has increased. This trend, coupled with our strong relationships with UK-based client and candidates means that we are starting our operations from a position of strength.

Michael Patino, Founder and Managing Director of Patino Associates commented, We are delighted with the opportunity to partner with Europes leading provider of talent within the corporate communications marketplace and we look forward to working together.


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