SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rune Gustafson, well known in Europe for his considerable experience advising international brands, has been named President of EMEA operations for Prophet (www.prophet.com), a strategic brand and marketing consultancy. He will be based in the firm's London office.
Since 2009, Gustafson has headed his own consultancy, Rebus Partnership, specializing in helping company boards better manage their brands. Previously, he was chief executive officer of Interbrand U.K., including when the firm was named Agency of the Year by the U.K.'s prestigious Marketing Magazine. Gustafson's work has covered the spectrum of brand and marketing specialties and spanned over 30 countries.
"Having Rune join us marks a significant step for Prophet as we continue to globalize our senior leadership team, strengthen our portfolio of European client relationships, and bring deeper capabilities and operating scale to the market," said Michael Dunn, Chairman and Chief Executive of Prophet. He added "This is the beginning of major investments by Prophet throughout Europe, building off of strong momentum in 2010. We are strengthening our presence in key markets like the UK, Germany and Switzerland, while aggressively launching our design and innovation practices. It is an exciting time for us."
Gustafson commented "For me, Prophet over the years has exemplified a rigorous approach to brand and marketing strategy and is now keen to extend its reach. I am joining Prophet at a very exciting time in its growth and the business is committed to maximizing its strategic and creative resources to help leaders grow their businesses."
Prior to joining Interbrand, he was a Senior Partner at Lippincott. He also served as the Main Board Director at Fitch plc and Managing Director at 20/20. Gustafson began his career as a marketer for Heinz and Cinzano.
Gustafson also serves as a non-executive director of the National Gallery and the digital agency Graphic Alliance, and is also Chairman of Miller Harris, a luxury fragrance business.
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