Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed Joan Ramon Vilamitjana as its new CEO in Spain, where he will be leading the company’s offices in Madrid and Barcelona.

Vilamitjana has been with H+K for over 15 years. He joined in 2001 to lead its corporate communications and crisis management area in the Barcelona office. Later, he would come to manage the entire Barcelona office. In 2011, he was named general director of H+K in Spain.

Vilamitjana replaces Eloísa Alonso who, after 27 years in the company – 8 of which she served as its CEO, will remain linked to the H+K Spain in the role of president of the company in the territory.

In the words of Lars Erik Grønntun, president and CEO of H+K EMEA: Joan Ramon has proven to be invaluable and an excellent consultant and director in his time with us in H+K. He has great strategic vision, which has developed together with Eloísa. Together, they have led the agency successfully for many years now, and have been able to overcome the last great recession. Under their leadership we have experienced fantastic growth”.

I am very grateful and feel honoured to have been offered the direction of the agency. It’s a really exciting time for all of us. I am very much looking forward to carry on building creative offerings for our clients that are both solid and creative. I would like to thanks Eloísa for her many contributions to the agency, and for being my mentor through all these years”, explained Vilamitjana.

Joan Ramon holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and in Contemporary History. He has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Marketing Direction, as well as the General Management Program in the IESE Business School.