Burrell will join the US-headquartered agency in September as vice-chairman of public affairs for Europe.
He will be based in London and report to APCO’s UK managing director, Edward Walsh, in a European management role. His responsibilities will include oversight of all of APCO’s European public affairs business.
In an internal note to staff, APCO’s president for international and chair of global development, Brad Staples, wrote: ‘Michael will initially leverage his considerable experience to help strengthen our public affairs business in London and will work with both the Brussels and London teams to identify, pursue and close joint new business opportunities.
‘I hope that you will be as excited as I am about Michael’s appointment. It represents a tremendous development for APCO, sending a clear signal to the market that we are continuing to build on our public affairs heritage, whilst investing in broadening and deepening our corporate communications offer to fully meet our clients’ evolving needs.’
Burrell joined Edelman in 2002. He was previously MD of legendary lobbying firm Westminster Strategy and is a former chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants.