BRUSSELS—Public relations and public affairs firm Interel has announced the appointment of Grégoire Poisson as managing partner of its 40 strong EU team.

Poisson, who joined the firm in 2012 as a partner and group head of the energy and natural resources practice, brings more than 15 years of experience in consulting and in-house roles, including stints with the European Aggregates Association and Hitachi.

He takes the reins from Interel Group CEO Fredrik Lofthagen, who led the practice on an interim basis following the departure of Jean Philippe Monod to become senior director for government corporate affairs EMEA at Expedia.

The business has enjoyed significant growth in the last 12 months due to a number of high profile client wins, including Coca Cola, Raizen, SAB Miller, MeadWestvaco and eCORP.