FORA.tv Speaker - William Echikson
William (Bill) Echikson is the head of free expression policy and PR, Europe, Middle East & Africa, for Google. He is a veteran European correspondent, writing over the past two and a half decades for a series of prestigious US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and BusinessWeek. From 1985 to 1990, he covered the collapse of communism in Central Europe, which resulted in his book Lighting the Night: Revolution in Eastern Europe and focuses on his observations and experiences during that period. Mr. Echikson turned to business and cultural reporting in the 1990s, and published two more books, Burgundy Stars, a behind-the-scenes look at a French gastronomic shrine, and Noble Rot, on the Bordeaux wine world. From 2001 until 2007, he was the Brussels bureau chief at Dow Jones. He has considerable experience with EU issues, most prominently antitrust, trade and environment. He served as editor-in-chief of Libération's special international supplements during the mid-1990s. Mr. Echikson also has written, directed and produced television documentaries for America's Public Broadcasting Service. He joined Google in 2008 as the company's Brussels spokesman. He became responsible for communications in Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa the following year.
06.22.12 | 00:18:24 min
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