A full service PR consultancy, specialising in financial services.

About Sharpe International

WHO WE ARE

Sharpe International is a full service PR consultancy, specialising in financial services. We have been advising large global and small domestic and international companies successfully since early 2012.

A well-managed reputation

We understand the importance of a well-managed reputation when it comes to building brand advocacy with stakeholders and opinion formers. To enhance and protect this, we use integrated communications.

Passion for communications

Motivated by our curiosity, creativity and passion for communications, we work in close partnership with our clients. At the same time, being outside our clients’ organisation enables us to look objectively at opportunities and threats and give clear advice.

  • We are a no-nonsense firm

    believing in honesty and transparency.

Our people

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Mark
Beers

Owner/Consultant

Former European Head of Communications for Fortis Investments and ING Investment Management Europe (currently NNIP Europe), has worked in PR since 1990 and as of 1996 in the financial industry, communicating about financial & investment products, real estate and personal finance. Mark is owner/consultant of Sharpe International. Mark is Dutch and is fluent in English, Danish and Spanish.

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Manno
van den Berg

Consultant

Was for many years one of the leading financial editors in the Netherlands writing for De Financiële Telegraaf and Fondsnieuws. Before joining Sharpe, Manno was editor in chief for investment content at NNIP Europe from 2016-2018. After this, Manno has been consultant of Sharpe International. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the media (investment, pensions and fiscal policy) and the investment industry. Manno is consultant, content specialist and media trainer of Sharpe International. Manno is Dutch and is fluent in English, German and Japanese.

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Wouter
goedkoop

Manager Publication Desk

Managing Sharpe’s Publication Desk, ensures a constant flow of topical publicity for clients and monitors the news closely. Wouter has more than twenty years of experience in marketing, direct marketing, marketing communications, online marketing and text production. He has over ten years of experience in the financial industry. Wouter is Dutch and is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Gerrie
Spaansen

Director

Boasting over thirteen years of experience in PR and communication services, Gerrie has established a commendable track record, crafting successful PR strategies for a diverse clientele that includes leading multinationals, public sector projects, family businesses, and NGOs. Driven by curiosity and a creative approach, he specializes in strategic PR advice tailored for financial institutions, scientific initiatives, technology companies, and applications of artificial intelligence. Prior to his role at Sharpe International, Gerrie served as a spokesperson for the Consumer & Market Authority (ACM), on behalf of the Directorate overseeing the regulated markets of Telecom, Transport, and Postal Services. His expertise also encompasses managing media relations for regulatory entities such as the Digital Regulators Collaboration Platform (SDT) and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Rooted in a rich journalistic background, Gerrie previously worked as a financial-economic journalist for esteemed media outlets such as the Financieele Dagblad, NOS Nieuws, RTL Z, and RTL Nieuws. A native Dutch speaker, Gerrie is also fluent in English.

Why Sharpe International?

We offer a unique combination of working experience on the corporate side and journalism as Sharpe houses:

  • Former head of communications

    of Fortis Investments and ING Investment Management Europe

  • Former head of content management

    at NNIP Europe

  • Former key financial journalists

    at De Financiële Telegraaf, Fondsnieuws, de Consumentengeldgids, IEX, IEX Profs and Beleggingsmatch

  • Former marketing specialist

    at Siemens Nederland, Rabobank, Wolters Kluwer and Joop van den Ende Theater Producties

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"Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad."

Richard Branson