Teneo taps up CBI’s Brexit man
Steven Altmann-Richer is set to join Teneo Blue Rubicon.
Teneo Blue Rubicon has snared the CBI’s head of EU negotiations in the latest bid by an agency to burnish its Brexit credentials.
As revealed in Friday's lobbying lowdown memo, Steven Altmann-Richer is making the move after six years at the UK’s premier business organisation. He joined the CBI as a senior policy adviser in 2010 and became head of EU negotiations in June 2016, shortly after the vote to leave the European Union.
Altmann-Richer is the second figure with Brexit credentials to join the agency after it last year hired Beth Armstrong, former aide to leading Vote Leave campaigner Michael Gove. Armstong was a special adviser to Gove during his spell as education secretary and justice secretary – and throughout his time at the forefront of the Leave campaign.
Teneo Blue Rubicon also recently hired David Cameron’s former communications chief Craig Oliver as a senior managing director.
Other agencies recently taking action to bolster their Brexit credentials include Portland and Hanover.
Portland has established a Brexit unit headed by partner Victoria Dean while Hanover has established a strategic partnership with the Berlin-based agency Johanssen + Kretschmer.
As the CBI’s head of head of EU negotiations, Altmann-Richer has been responsible for crafting the organisation’s response to the Brexit vote by pulling together the key asks of the business community on issues such as the single market, customs union, regulation and EU funding.