Frank Farnel is Director Communications and Public Affairs Europe EMEA. This business segment includes Energy Services, Oil & Gas and Power & Water.
In this role, Frank is responsible for Global Communications, Media Relations, Internal Communications, Public Affairs, Community Strategy and for partnering with our government affairs and Marketing teams on key issues across GE Energy Europe EMEA where we have many key operations and an important employee population.
Frank joined GE Energy after holding several key leadership positions in Communications, Lobbying and Public Affairs in large international companies.
Prior from joining GE Energy he was Director Communications and Public Affairs Bombardier Transportation.
He held P&L responsibilities acting as Manager International Operations Sub-Saharian Africa and Indian Ocean for Renault.
Frank was also the Deputy General Manager Public Affairs for Toyota Motors Europe and Manager Corporate Affairs for Philip Morris EMEA.
He worked as Technical and Legislative Adviser for the Majority Leader at the French Parliament in charge of the Defence, European and International Affairs Parliamentary Commissions and was Director of Research for The National Center for Public Policy Research, a Washington DC-based organization.
Frank co-founded the “European Center for Public Affairs in Brussels”. He taught Communications, Lobbying and Public Affairs at the Paris Sorbonne – Celsa University and Foreign Direct Investment in Paris Business School.
He wrote the book “Strategies and Tactics of Lobbying” published in 1994 and translated in several European Languages, as well as number of articles on Lobbying, Communications, Crisis Management and International Affairs.
Frank earned a master degree (MSFS) in International Affairs & Diplomacy and International Trade and Finance from the Graduate School of Foreign Service of the University of Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and studied under Hon. Madeleine Albright.
He also holds a degree in Law as well as in Communications and Journalism from the University of Paris. He did post graduate studies in International Management in Oxford University, United Kingdom.