DJE Holdings' vice chairman VanderMolen departs

The departure of VanderMolen, Edelman's former Asia-Pacific president, follows the firm's troubles in China.

NEW YORK: Alan VanderMolen, the vice chairman of Edelman’s parent company DJE Holdings, has exited the firm.

An Edelman spokesperson confirmed VanderMolen’s departure via email on Thursday, adding that the agency "wishes him well in his future endeavors."

The representative declined to comment further.

"I had a terrific 13 years at Edelman. A terrific 13 years at Burson before that. And I am looking forward to my next 13, wherever that takes me," VanderMolen told PRWeek via email.

VanderMolen had been in his role since January 2014. In that post, he was in charge of overseeing DJE growth properties, such as Edelman Digital, Edelman Berland, and Zeno, as well as Edelman Canada, Latin America, and Edelman Global Citizenship, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He joined Edelman in 2002 as Asia-Pacific president. In January 2011, he was promoted to the role of president and CEO of global practices and diversified insights businesses.

Before joining Edelman, VanderMolen worked at Burson-Marsteller for 15 years in various roles, his LinkedIn profile states.

VanderMolen’s departure follows Edelman’s troubles in China.

Last July, the CEO of Edelman’s China holding company Steven Cao, was detained by authorities investigating services Edelman supplied a Chinese TV station in Davos in 2009 and 2010. Cao was released in October, but hasn’t returned to work.

An anonymous source at Edelman told PRWeek last October that the firm in 2007 acquired a majority stake in Pegasus Communications, a PR agency Cao founded in 2002 with CCTV presenter Rui Chenggang, who was arrested by Chinese authorities on charges of conflict of interest.

As of October, Cao still owned stakes in Pegasus.

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