Value@Stake strengthens senior consulting team with two new associates

<Hilversum, 2 July 2024> Strategic communications consultancy Value@Stake has expanded its senior team with two new associate directors: Véronique Schyns and Karien Ris.

Véronique Schyns has more than 20 years of experience in financial and strategic communications. She has as special areas of focus: Investor Relations, M&A transaction communications and strategy communications. She previously worked on the agency side as Director Financial Communications at Hill & Knowlton Netherlands, among others. On the client side, she was most recently Head of IR at London-listed ASA International Group. Before that, she worked in various senior, international corporate and financial communications roles at major Dutch companies such as The Heineken Group, ABN AMRO, Rabobank and Robeco Groep.

Karien Ris also has more than twenty years of experience, as an independent trusted advisor to boards of directors and supervisory boards and as interim (crisis) communications manager at companies ‘in dire straits’. At Value@Stake, she will mainly focus on stakeholder management, change and crisis communications at restructurings, turnarounds, mergers, acquisitions, insolvency and restarts after bankruptcy. In the course of next year, Karien expects to obtain her doctorate (PhD) on her research into ‘stakeholder management in the context of a turnaround’.

Managing partner Edwin van Wijk: “Over the past few years, we have experienced at first hand how strategic and tactical communication with all stakeholders, both directly and through the media, can make or break the success rate of important corporate events and transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, (dis)investments and restructurings, but also stock exchange listings or exits. I am very pleased with the arrival of Véronique and Karien, two super specialists in these fields, because together with them we will be able to advise and guide our current and future clients even better in this regard from now on.’

Véronique Schyns

Karien Ris

About Value@Stake: 
Value@Stake is a strategic corporate/financial communications consultancy focused on creating and protecting (or restoring) value for all stakeholders of its clients. Shareholders and other financiers, as well as employees, customers and business partners. Central to Value@Stake’s approach is the core concept of ‘Integrity’. Not only as a moral or ethical phenomenon, but especially as a precondition for trust, performance and value creation. And thus, as the ‘fifth economic production factor’, alongside Labour, Nature, Capital and Entrepreneurship.

Since its foundation in 2011, Value@Stake has regularly been involved in many, high-profile turnarounds, transactions and transformations. It also regularly got involved in cross-border corporate and financial communications assignments, often working intensively with its global partner FTI Consulting Strategic Communications.