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Acumen marks ten-year milestone with additions to management team


26 May 2020



Acumen is pleased to announce additions to its senior management team as we mark 10 years since the founding of the company. 

Max von Olenhusen and Nikos Manaras, currently a senior adviser and associate director at Acumen respectively, will be coming on board as partners in the business. Max joined Acumen in October 2019, bringing a wealth of experience in corporate public affairs from his role as head of the EU office of Novartis.  During his three years at Acumen, Nikos has established himself as a leading expert on EU healthcare policy and a trusted advisor to our clients in this area. Max and Nikos will join Acumen founding partners Elaine Cruikshanks and Giles Keane on our management team.

These appointments come at a time, when our third founding partner Abigail Jones transitions to a new role as Head of Communications at IFPMA. Abigail has been an integral part of building Acumen’s business to where it is today and leaves the company with all our best wishes. Acumen’s five strong global health team will continue to provide a range of services to IFPMA, our longstanding client, along with all other clients in our global health portfolio.

Finally, we are also continuing to strengthen our team in other areas, as our business continues to grow. Former European Parliament adviser, Matthew Hogarth, will join Acumen as an Account Manager in June to support clients focussing on digital and sustainability policy.

For further information: please contact:

Elaine Cruikshanks, Partner,

Giles Keane, Partner,



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