The highly connected Hunter, memorably described as Blair’s ‘office wife’, will join the agency as a senior adviser in October.
Reporting to Ed Williams, UK CEO, and Alex Bigg, general manager, Hunter will advise clients on corporate reputation, crisis issues and public affairs as well as working with the agency to help promote senior women in the industry.
‘Anji is a force to be reckoned with. She brings great energy, flair and considerable charm to everything she puts her mind to,’ Williams said.
He added that he expected Hunter to ‘add tremendous value to our clients', noting: ‘Her communications counsel is first rate, gleaned from unrivalled experience in some of the world’s biggest companies and alongside Tony Blair in government.’
She most recently completed the launch of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which she established alongside former BP chairman Lord Browne and Sir John Parker.
Edelman picked up the brief to launch the £1m prize in January 2012, with the agency working alongside Hunter on the flagship government-backed project.
Previously she was group head of government and social affairs at Anglo American and was group director of comms at BP for seven years.
Hunter said of her new role: ‘I am delighted to be joining Edelman - one of the leading companies in a highly competitive and expert field, as I know from experience.
‘I believe in outreach, the big tent and behaving with integrity. After working in politics, industry and most recently in the charitable, academic and international engineering sphere, I look forward to bringing my skills and experience together and working with Ed and his team’.