Thellusson quits Edelman to launch new consultancy

Edelman UK CEO James Thellusson is to quit to set up his own consultancy, after just one year in the role.

The move comes just days after Edelman announced it had appointed Weber Shandwick UK joint head David Brain to a newly created role of European CEO (PRWeek, 19 September). However, Thellusson, who joined Edelman from the company’s sister agency First & 42nd in July last year, insisted that his decision to leave was not connected to the appointment of Brain.

‘Frankly, I took the UK position because I didn’t want a European job so if the line is that I am in some way pissed off about David’s appointment then I can say, categorically, that is not the case,’ said Thellusson, who is on gardening leave until March next year.

He added that his new business venture was likely to specialise in corporate and B2B marketing.

Edelman deputy CEO and executive director of corporate, technology and interactive services Stuart Smith, and Nigel Breakwell, the firm’s health director and managing director of global operations health, will jointly take over Thellusson’s duties.

Both have been appointed joint general managers of the London business, reporting to Brain and European COO Hugh Gillanders.

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