Sources said Mullin was planning to set up his own agency, but he insisted that he was still ‘considering his options’.
Account director Flavia Piggot, based in the Edinburgh office alongside Mullin, has also quit the agency in the last few days. Mullin insisted that her departure was not linked to his.
Edelman UK CEO Robert Phillips said he was yet to decide whether to keep the Edinburgh office open.
‘I’m going to review it,’ he said. ‘There’s no decision taken yet. We will run it out of London until we make a decision whether to have a physical presence in Scotland.’
However, Phillips stressed that the agency was not pulling out of Scotland entirely.
‘We will continue to have a presence in Scotland. We will continue to service our clients in Scotland,’ he said. Mullin is a former chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants in Scotland.
Before joining Edelman last year (PRWeek, 20 January 2006), he spent ten years heading up Citigate Public Affairs’ Edinburgh office.
Mullin is the second senior figure to leave Edelman’s PA practice in the last few weeks.
His departure follows that of his former Citigate colleague Simon Nayaar, who recently quit his post as vice-chairman of UK public affairs (PRWeek, 18 May).
Phillips said: ‘Some appointments work and some do not. Bringing in the Citigate two clearly didn’t. It wasn’t meant to be and we are now dealing with the fallout from that.’ But he insisted: ‘The public affairs practice is undimmed by either John or Simon’s departure.’
hile Edelman is seeing its Scottish office contracting, key rival Grayling has been boosting its business north of the border by merging earlier this month with Citigate Public Affairs. The combined outfit is now the largest PA agency in Scotland.