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Toronto, Feb 2 (Canadian-Media): An announcement made Wednesday by Piers Handling, Director & CEO of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that Andréa Grau will start her new position as Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, TIFF from Feb 5, 2018, media reports said.
Andrea Grau. Image credit: Twitter handle
As part of TIFF Senior Management, Grau would reportedly provide leadership and guidance for the organization, would lead TIFF’s in-house agency, Dept. 30, which consists of the Communications, Marketing, Digital, Creative and Editorial teams.
Reporting to Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and COO, Grau would be responsible for upholding and expanding the integrity of the TIFF brand internationally and at home, and as the organization enters a new strategic plan and CEO transition, would develop and executing the PR strategy .
“Andréa has been a part of this organization in some capacity for the past 23 years,” said Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF. “She first entered as an intern fresh out of university, later returned to run the Communications department, and now comes back in a much larger leadership role to help us navigate the changing PR landscape. The industry and media relationships that she has developed over the years are impeccable. On behalf of the Senior Management team, we are delighted to have her back.”
Grau has almost 25 years of experience working in arts, culture, and communications. and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Prior to Touchwood PR, Grau ran the TIFF Communications department for eight years.
She will retain ownership of Touchwood PR, a boutique publicity and promotions agency she founded in 2009. Her clients included Cineplex, Fan Expo Canada, Pathé International, eOne, Unifrance Films, Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, Reel Asian Film Festival, CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and others.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)