# Our convictions

In the field of communication,

our accumulated knowledge and expertise within companies is invaluable for understanding the complexity of issues and developing operational experience feedback.

It is crucial to provide business leaders with the right responses and the most appropriate advice at the right time, in order to successfully handle all communication-related issues.

In the field of public affairs,

Europe and the United States deal with many of the same issues. It is important to have access to intelligence as much in the main European capitals – such as Brussels, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Warsaw – as in Washington.

With the start-up of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament is central to European governance.

Having intimate knowledge of Members of the European Parliament, their parliamentary groups and the national delegations has become essential. The quality and duration of working relations with European Parliament members is one of the keys to the success of a public affairs policy in Europe.


In labour relations,

a quality social dialogue is an invaluable advantage that differentiates major corporations. European social dialogue is a key factor.

The voice of the social partner is vital within European and American political institutions, at a time when they are seeking new paths for innovation, growth and employment. The ability of labour unions and management organisations to work together towards precise objectives, within coalitions of constructive interests that express the voice of the social partner, is essential.

# Our team

Our dedicated team is comprised exclusively of partners with very high seniority in CSPH International’s preferred fields of expertise.

Our strength is to be found in the combined expertise of an economist, an international expert in labour relations, a former Labour Member of the European Parliament, an international expert in communication, and consultants in public affairs.

CSPH International’s clients benefit not only from the gateways and synergies that our partners in Europe (Germany, Belgium, France and the UK) and in the United States have developed in their three broad areas of expertise, but also from the broad vision and perspective they have regarding specific issues, and their ability to provide targeted, pertinent and concrete advice.


Arturo Petrucci is a junior consultant in public affairs carrying the dual Belgian and Italian nationality. Drawing on his experience within the secretariat of the economic and monetary affairs committee of the European Parliament, he has a thorough knowledge of the european decision making process.

His experience working as a research assistant in a european public affairs consultancy working for major actors of the European audiovisual industry allowed him to develop a sound understanding of communication and lobbying strategies.

Arturo Petrucci holds a Bachelor of Laws from King's College London and a Master's degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain and speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish and basic Dutch.


Having trained as an economist, Philippe Hardouin specialises in management, communication, public affairs and labour relations. He assists major international groups and their leaders in the management of their reputation, image and influence in Europe and internationally.

With no less than 25 years of experience in French and American multi-national companies – from Thomson to Alcatel, Digital Equipment (DEC), AlliedSignal, Honeywell, Vivendi and Lafarge – he has held numerous executive positions in management, communication, public affairs and labour relations.

Through his professional career with global corporations, Philippe Hardouin has accumulated considerable international experience in public affairs, human resources and labour relations, as well as in financial reporting, crisis management, brand and reputation strategies and sustainable development.

At the beginning of his career, he directed a publishing house specialising in literature and the social and human sciences. He was one of the very first advocates of fixed prices for books. He was also the chairman of the association of communication directors in France.


Clark S. Herman is an expert in labour relations with vast experience on both sides of the Atlantic. His professional career led him to specialise in the development and implementation of labour relations strategies, both nationally and internationally. He has worked for numerous multinationals based in the United States and in the UK.

He has enormous experience in labour relations and notably advises business executives on European labour directives concerning employment, their transposition into national law, and their possible effect on industrial relations and human resources management within the Member States of the European Union.

He has negotiated and managed a record number of agreements for European works councils on behalf of major multinationals during the delicate phases of initial agreements, contract renegotiations and M&A activity.

He maintains longstanding relations with the main labour unions and professional organisations in Europe and North America.


Carole Tongue was a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 1999. She was elected Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party from 1989 to 1991.

She played a key role in the European Parliament in several areas:

- She was spokesperson for the future of the European automobile industry from 1989 to 1994 and wrote two reports on the industry that were adopted by the European Parliament.

- She elaborated the European policy agenda for public service broadcasting.

- In 1996, the European Parliament adopted her report on the Future of Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Age.

- During her mandate, she chaired the EP All Party Intergroup on Audio-visual and Cinema (1997-1999) and the Association of Cities and Cinemas Europe (1997-2000).

She is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London and she chairs the UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity of Expression.

# What makes us unique

CSPH International has a unique approach: investing itself for the long haul alongside its clients in its three areas of expertise, where its value added lies in its accumulated experience in communication, public affairs and labour relations.

The association of these three areas of intervention increases the pertinence of our advisory services and lends CSPH International a unique status as a multidisciplinary taskforce:

  • - Our accumulated experience in communication and labour relations enriches the way we approach questions of public affairs, and vice versa.
  • - Each field of expertise enriches the other two, which enables us to approach issues from all angles.
  • - Our ability to produce economic research strengthens both our offer and its uniqueness.

Our consultants have a high level of seniority

CSPH International’s partners are all senior consultants. They have accumulated vast experience in most economic and industrial sectors. They have been confronted by extremely diverse situations and issues, have an intimate working knowledge of the functioning of European and American political institutions, and have built up relations of confidence with most of the main European and American labour unions. Bolstered by this human capital, our partners make calibrated, customised strategic recommendations derived from their rich, complementary professional careers.

A broad vision of what is at stakes thanks to its presence on both sides of the Atlantic

Present in Europe, but also in the United States, CSPH International’s teams are able to intervene on both continents above all they bring to their work the inspiration and anticipation that a fresh perspective and detailed knowledge of both continents in all their areas of intervention and expertise confers.

On going investment in major economic research and trends

Our research is concerned with such issues as: the challenges of the digital economy; the impact of intellectual property on growth and job creation; the challenges facing cultural industries in the digital age; energy trends and climate change; and the role and mission of global companies in world governance – all of which are questions linked to the knowledge economy.