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Our 110+ group of award-winning communications specialists, led by our expert senior management team, cover all key markets in the USA, Europe, APAC and ANZ.

Striving to provide impactful results on a daily basis, our talented team of communications specialists has vast experience in the technology sector and use their knowledge and skills to achieve success for our clients.

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James Carter

James Carter

CEO

James has built a global communications agency focused on delivering outstanding work for some of the world’s most exciting and innovative business and technology brands. His vision is to provide an integrated and strategic communications platform that delivers impact and value to clients at global scale.  His agency has been regularly recognised as one of the market leaders by the likes of PR Week, O’Dwyer’s and Forrester Research.

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher

Global Executive VP

Emily has been with Touchdown for 10 years. She has been part of the B2B tech PR scene for over 20 years and is particularly experienced in taking VC-funded start-ups and private equity investments through the IPO and M&A process. Originally from the UK, Emily now heads up Touchdown’s office in Austin, Texas. 

Munich

Austin

Lesley Booth
Managing Director – EMEA

Lesley has worked in B2B tech PR for over 20 years and, most notably, with big brands such as IBM and Skype. Lesley leads Touchdown’s Security and Communications Practice in EMEA and is crucial in onboarding new business and maintaining strong client relationships.

Ben Ralph
Managing Director – UK

Originally a law graduate, Ben moved into communications after working in technology sales. With experience ranging from cyber security, networking and unified communications to HCM, consumer technology and industrial design, Ben works with the Touchdown UK team to deliver results-focused PR campaigns for some of the most exciting and ambitious technology brands in the world.

Natacha Favry

Natacha Favry

VP - Touchdown FRANCE

Natacha is a seasoned communications professional and leads Touchdown in France. She has a keen interest in social media’s rapidly expanding role within the PR space and has stayed ahead of the curve in the media landscape.

Freddy Staudt

Freddy Staudt

VP - Touchdown DACH

Freddy has been heading up Touchdown’s DACH business since 2012. With more than 15 years as a communications specialist, he has helped over 100 tech companies achieve their PR visions.

Sydney

Paris

Eric Dragt
VP – Touchdown Benelux

Eric is an experienced PR professional with over 15 years’ experience in tech PR, both B2B and B2C and leads Touchdown in Benelux.

Emma Carter

Emma Carter

Director

Emma’s role is both strategic and operational, managing Touchdown’s accounting functions and carrying out the financial strategy for Touchdown’s continued long-term growth.

Katie Schaeffer

Katie Schaeffer

Senior VP - Operations

Katie’s background, which includes nearly 15 years as a PR and Communications professional, combined with her knack for process and detail makes her uniquely suited for Touchdown’s Business Operations Manager role. She is responsible for ensuring Touchdown’s Austin office runs smoothly, professionally and efficiently.

Amsterdam

Sydney

Alyssa Pallotti
Vice President

With nearly a decade of B2B tech PR experience, Alyssa is a tenacious media relations professional with a keen interest in and focus on cybersecurity. She plays a major role in leading specific accounts and in advising the Austin, Texas team.

Hannah Sobolewski
Account Director

Hannah is one of Touchdown’s long-serving team members. Highly organised with a keen eye for detail, she leads accounts for a variety of exciting B2B technology brands. Her areas of experience range from storage, cybersecurity, disaster recovery & backup, and cloud services.

Jocelyn VerVelde

Jocelyn VerVelde

Account Director

Strategic communications professional with a decade of experience, Jocelyn brings both in-house and agency experience to the table. She leads multiple accounts for Touchdown, creating and implementing communications strategies to help clients achieve relevant and desired results.

Derrick Shannon

Derrick Shannon

Account Director

Derrick has spent years cultivating high-level business and media relationships in the tech industry and beyond. He’s committed to strategically and tactically creating comprehensive PR strategies to fit any objective for his clients. And, with an ability to anticipate game changing opportunities and market complexities he’s able to engineer the most advantageous solutions for his clients on a regular basis.

London

Herzliya

Josh Beale-Fletcher
HR Director

Josh joined in 2021 with a focus on recruiting and developing the very best communications specialists to deliver for Touchdown’s clients across the globe, drawing on over ten years experience in roles spanning HR, Recruitment and Operations. Josh has a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Oxford Brookes University, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and holds Ability and Personality Assessment accreditations with the British Psychological Society.

Alexandra Morris
Brand and Marketing Manager

Joining Touchdown back in 2017 as the Operations Manager, Alexandra was responsible for running all international operations between the American and European offices. She moved into the Brand and Marketing Manager role in January 2021.

James Carter

James Carter

CEO

James has built a global PR agency focused on delivering outstanding work for some of the world’s most exciting and innovative business and technology brands. His vision is to provide an integrated and strategic PR platform that delivers impact and value to clients at global scale. His agency has been regularly recognised as one of the market leaders by the likes of PR Week, O’Dwyer’s and Forrester Research.

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher

Global Executive VP

Emily has been with Touchdown for 10 years. She has been part of the B2B tech PR scene for over 20 years and is particularly experienced in taking VC-funded startups and private equity investments through the IPO and M&A process. Originally from the UK, Emily now heads up Touchdown’s office in Austin, Texas.

Lesley Booth

Lesley Booth

Managing Director - EMEA

Lesley has worked in B2B Tech PR for over 20 years and, most notably, with big brands such as IBM and Skype. Lesley leads Touchdown’s Security and Comms Practice in EMEA and is crucial in onboarding new business and maintaining strong client relationships.

Ben Ralph

Ben Ralph

Managing Director - UK

Originally a Law graduate, Ben moved into PR after working in technology sales. With experience ranging from cyber security, networking and unified communications to HCM, consumer technology and industrial design, Ben works with the Touchdown UK team to deliver results-focused PR campaigns for some of the most exciting and ambitious technology brands in the world.

Natacha Favry

Natacha Favry

VP - Touchdown FRANCE

Natacha is a seasoned PR professional and leads Touchdown in France. She has a keen interest in social media’s rapidly expanding role within the PR space and has stayed ahead of the overhaul in the media landscape.

Freddy Staudt

Freddy Staudt

VP - Touchdown DACH

Freddy has been heading up Touchdown’s DACH business since 2012. With more than 15 years as a PR professional, he has helped over 100 tech companies achieve their PR visions

Eric Dragt

Eric Dragt

VP - Touchdown BENELUX

Eric is an experienced PR professional with over 15 years’ experience in tech PR, both B2B and B2C and leads Touchdown in Benelux.

Emma Carter

Emma Carter

Director

Emma’s role is both strategic and operational, managing Touchdown’s accounting functions and carrying out the financial strategy for Touchdown’s continued long-term growth.

Katie Schaeffer

Katie Schaeffer

Senior VP - Operations

Katie’s background, which includes nearly 15 years as a PR and Communications professional, combined with her knack for process and detail makes her uniquely suited for Touchdown’s Business Operations Manager role. She is responsible for ensuring Touchdown’s Austin office runs smoothly, professionally and efficiently.

Alyssa Pallotti

Alyssa Pallotti

Vice President

With nearly a decade of B2B tech PR experience, Alyssa is a tenacious media relations professional with a keen interest in and focus on cybersecurity. She plays a major role in leading specific accounts and in advising the Austin, Texas team.

Hannah Sobolewski

Hannah Sobolewski

Account Director

Hannah is one of Touchdown’s long-serving team members. Highly organised with a keen eye for detail, she leads accounts for a variety of exciting B2B technology brands. Her areas of experience range from storage, cybersecurity, disaster recovery & backup, and cloud services.

Derrick Shannon

Derrick Shannon

Account Director

Derrick has spent years cultivating high-level business and media relationships in the tech industry and beyond. He’s committed to strategically and tactically creating comprehensive PR strategies to fit any objective for his clients. And, with an ability to anticipate game changing opportunities and market complexities he’s able to engineer the most advantageous solutions for his clients on a regular basis.

Jocelyn VerVelde

Jocelyn VerVelde

Account Director

Strategic communications professional with a decade of experience, Jocelyn brings both in-house and agency experience to the table. She leads multiple accounts for Touchdown, creating and implementing communications strategies to help clients achieve relevant and desired results.

Josh Beale-Fletcher

Josh Beale-Fletcher

HR Director

Josh joined in 2021 with a focus on recruiting and developing the very best PR professionals to deliver for Touchdown’s clients across the globe, drawing on over ten years experience in roles spanning HR, Recruitment and Operations. Josh has a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Oxford Brookes University, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and holds Ability and Personality Assessment accreditations with the British Psychological Society.

Alexandra Morris

Alexandra Morris

Brand and Marketing Manager

Joining Touchdown back in 2017 as the Operations Manager, Alexandra was responsible for running all international operations between the American and European offices. She recently moved into a new role at Touchdown as the Brand and Marketing Manager.

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