LONDON: Bell Pottinger Public Affairs MD Stephen Lotinga will leave the firm in March to join Edelman in a senior role.
Bell Pottinger chief executive James Henderson told PRWeek UK that the agency has started a search to replace Lotinga, who, together with public affairs chairman Tim Collins, leads a team of 35.
Edelman has a gap in its public affairs team in the UK due to the resignation of its MD Chris Rumfitt in November, though it is not clear at this stage if Lotinga is a direct replacement.
Bell Pottinger is losing a well-connected Liberal Democrat who it hired from the party as an account director following the 2010 general election.
Lotinga was a senior adviser to the party on public services and health before the change of role.
"[Lotinga] has done a great job for us, and we're disappointed to see him go," Henderson said.
“In [Lotinga], we feel we have found someone who is not only an exceptional political consultant but understands the changing communications landscape,” said Edelman GM Alex Bigg.
Rumfitt, who is setting up his own agency, was due to leave Edelman at the end of this month.
Lotinga declined to comment.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.