Patrick Van de Wille
Patrick Van de Wille is of counsel to Lincoln Churchill Advisors, bringing more than three decades of global experience in journalism, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations and corporate marketing.
Mr. Van de Wille has advised clients in North America, Europe and Asia, including significant experience with Chinese companies, and in industries as diverse as technology, financial services and trading, mining and others. He brings expertise both in building long-term programs and managing opportunities and crises driven by litigation, proxy challenges, government and regulatory issues, and other situations. A particular expertise is understanding how new data-driven automation tools can be used to drive heightened visibility, better stakeholder perception and engagement, improved program measurement, and better valuation.
Building on a ten-year career in journalism and broadcasting, in both French and English, with leading media brands like The Globe and Mail and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Van de Wille transitioned to a 15-year consulting career with top firms including Text 100 (then the world’s largest tech communications specialist firm), Ketchum, and FTI Consulting, where he was a Senior Vice President.
Moving in-house, Mr. Van de Wille led communications for InterDigital, where his role as Chief Communications Officer had him oversee all corporate marketing, corporate communications and investor relations. That role included guiding the company through multiple litigation-driven situations, leading and then collaborating to strengthen the company’s public affairs presence in Washington and Brussels. He built a best-in-class corporate marketing program that drove hundreds of feature articles, multiple awards, and a leading thought leadership presence for the company in the wireless R&D industry. In investor relations, under Mr. Van de Wille’s leadership, the company successfully transitioned from a special situations to a tech investor base, managed various proxy issues, launched a best-in-class ESG effort, and saw its enterprise value more than triple.