Edelman hires Naheed Mehta from the Foreign Office to lead government comms

Edelman has hired Naheed Mehta, former chief press officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to head up its global government comms division.

Naheed Mehta: Former chief press officer at the Foreign Office joins Edelman
Naheed Mehta: Former chief press officer at the Foreign Office joins Edelman

Mehta has spent the past ten years at the Foreign Office as chief press officer. Before this she worked at Downing Street. She has also held roles at the Department for Work and Pensions and Metropolitan Police.

In her new role Mehta will be responsible for expanding the work that Edelman does internationally for heads of state and government out of its UK office, as well as working closely with teams in the US, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Gurpreet Brar, managing director for public affairs UK, Edelman, said: "Every year at Edelman we launch our Trust Barometer and year after year we have seen trust in governments declining. Challenges ranging from the Eurozone to the Wikileaks saga have time and again demonstrated that government reputation is fragile.

"Naheed's unparalleled understanding and experience of Government will be invaluable to clients and help drive the government communications offer."

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