1 February 2012

Maxim Behar Appointed Chairman of Czech Office

PRAGUE, 1 February 2012 – Maxim Behar, a prominent Bulgarian PR and social media expert, has been appointed Chairman of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Czech office. He will also act as an extended member of the regional management team responsible for the Czech operation.
Behar remains CEO & Chairman of the Board of M3 Communications Group, Inc. in Bulgaria, an affiliate of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Behar is an ICCO Treasurer and Executive Board member, two-term President and currently Deputy President of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, in addition to being President of the Bulgarian Association of PR Agencies (2009-2011). The Holmes Report recently awarded Maxim Behar’s M3 Communications Group, Inc. as "Best Consultancy in Eastern Europe.” He successfully founded the M3 Communications Group in 1994. 
"We are convinced that the knowledge and expertise Maxim will bring will be very beneficial to our Czech clients and the operation. His knowledge of the Czech market will strengthen our position in the market place and his appointment demonstrates our investment in having highly experienced and well-recognized leaders,” said Lars Erik Gronntun, European President of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

The new H+K Strategies Czech Chairman graduated with a High Economic degree from the University in Prague, has extensive knowledge of Czech media and experience as a journalist in Poland, U.S., Russia and Germany. Behar will continue to run M3 Communications Group, Inc., the Bulgarian PR leader. He is also an Honorary Consul of Seychelles to Bulgaria.

"I accept and am looking forward to this challenge, which I take very seriously, and I am certain that Hill+Knowlton Strategies has the potential to be the leader in the Czech PR market," said Behar.