Ketchum Pleon and ING Belgium Win Prestigious European Excellence Award

By Ketchum Ltd, PRNE
Thursday, December 9, 2010

LONDON, December 10, 2010 - Ketchum Pleon, the leading European communications consultancy, and its
client ING Belgium won a European Excellence Award ( for their issues and reputation
programme, "The Bank of Tomorrow," at last night's award ceremony hosted in

Tjessica Stegenga, Managing Director of Ketchum Pleon Belgium who was at
the ceremony said: "This is important recognition for the great corporate
work being done by Ketchum Pleon and our growing corporate practice in
Brussels. Working for a financial services company like ING is rewarding and
provides lots of opportunities for developing smart strategies."

"On behalf of the entire agency, I congratulate ING and our colleagues at
Ketchum Pleon Belgium for this achievement," said Timo Sieg, senior partner
and CEO, Ketchum Pleon Europe. "This award, which honour outstanding
achievement in international communications, is a testament to the value
public relations brings to our clients' businesses wherever they operate
around the world."

This European Excellence Award is the latest in a series of top honours
awarded to Ketchum for its client work, including the Internal Communications
PRCA Award for "The Secret is Out: Positioning KFC as an Employer of Choice,"
the Holmes Report's PR Campaign of the Decade for Doritos' "Crash the Super
Bowl" programme, and best-in-show Campaign of the Year for its work with
Dreyer's ice cream at the U.S. PRWeek Awards this year. At the North American
SABRE Awards, Ketchum was honoured as the Holmes Group's Large PR Agency of
the Year, and was also recently named Large Firm of the Year by PR News. In
addition, Ketchum Pleon London was named one of the U.K.'s 50 Best Places to
Work by the Great Place to Work Institute U.K. for the fourth consecutive
year and David Gallagher was named Personality of the Year by the Public
Relations Consultants Association.

About the European Excellence Awards

The European Excellence Awards honour outstanding achievement in the
communication profession on an international scale. The awards take a
comprehensive look at the full spectrum of communications disciplines
throughout Europe, and are presented for only the most outstanding
accomplishments within this arena.

About Ketchum

A communications innovator and the 2010 Large PR Firm of the Year (Holmes
Report and PR News), Ketchum is a leading global communications consultancy
and, operating as Ketchum Pleon, is the largest, most diversified agency in
the U.K. and continental Europe. With five global practices - Brand
Marketing, Corporate, Healthcare, Food & Nutrition, and Technology - and
specialty capabilities that include Access Communications (high- and
consumer-tech PR), Concentric Communications (experiential marketing, events
and meetings), MMG (clinical trial recruitment), Ketchum Global Research
Network, Ketchum Pleon Change (change and workplace communications) and
Ketchum Sports & Entertainment, Ketchum leverages its marketing and corporate
communication expertise to build brands and reputations for clients. For more
information on Ketchum, a unit of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC), visit

About Ketchum Pleon

Ketchum Pleon is one of the largest, most geographically diverse
communications consultancies and the established European market leader.
Worldwide, Ketchum has more than 2,000 employees in owned operations and
operates in 66 countries with more than 100 owned and affiliated offices.
Ketchum is a unit of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC; Additional information on Ketchum Pleon and its
award-winning work can be found at

Contact: Robyn Massey, Ketchum Pleon London, robyn.massey at, +44-(0)20-7611-3658; Petra Heinrich, Ketchum Pleon Europe, petra.heinrich at,

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