London (December 13, 2016) – Kim Gagné, former senior director of industry affairs for Microsoft, joined APCO Worldwide as a senior advisor announced James Acheson-Gray, managing director of APCO’s London office, and Claire Boussagol, managing director of APCO’s Brussels office. Based in the UK, Gagne will split his time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices.
“We’re delighted to welcome Kim to APCO,” said Acheson-Gray. “His deep experience creating meaningful and effective campaigns in the technology sector across highly diverse markets will be of tremendous value to our clients.”
Gagne most recently served as senior director of industry affairs in Brussels where he served as the primary manager of Microsoft’s pan-European advocacy campaigns.
“Kim has a proven track record of helping global companies navigate complex legal, regulatory, political, policy and anti-trust environments,” said Boussagol. “His campaigning strength really adds to our global expertise as a firm.”
Gagne joined Microsoft in 2004, serving in a variety of leadership roles in EMEA and developing particular expertise in campaign development and execution. In 2012, he relocated to Asia where he spent two years as director of public sector policy. In 2014 he became senior director of industry affairs in Brussels. During his time with Microsoft, Gagne led teams of in-house personnel and consultants and managed global campaigns to solve complex legal, competition and policy challenges.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Gagne was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm.
“Joining APCO is an exciting new challenge,” said Gagne. “I look forward to working with the firm’s dynamic team and assisting clients.”
Gagne holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree from Middlebury College and a juris doctorate degree from Duke University’s School of Law. He is a dual U.S. and UK citizen.