Yvonne Harz-Pitre is the Global Communications Manager for AgroFresh, an independent business division of The Dow Chemical Company. In her role, she oversees the team that manages marketing communications and is responsible for the development and implementation of international public relations strategies for the business unit. She engages actively with trade and public influencers, politicians, associations and media in many countries worldwide and has been awarded in 2008 for the creation and successful implementation of a critical public affairs strategy in Brussels. Harz-Pitre has experience with strategic risk management particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific.
Prior to this position, Harz-Pitre has worked in European corporate and public relations functions for another two Global Fortune 500 companies Michelin and Thales Group, and has gained experience with the non-profit sector in Washington D.C., where she has worked for the public affairs department of the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Harz-Pitre holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She is a visiting lecturer at the American University of Paris and a member of the IABC (International Association of Business Communications) and the European Association of Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs.