Cabinet advisor joins Edelman PR

Edelman PR Worldwide has boosted its public affairs team with the

appointment of Cabinet special advisor Jo Gibbons.

She joins as an associate director from the Cabinet Office (CO) where

she was special advisor to Baroness Jay, former leader of the House of

Lords and minister for women, since 1998.

Gibbons decided to move into consultancy work after Jay's retirement

from frontline politics following the general election.

Her appointment has brought the public affairs team staff level up to

six. She reports to public affairs director Bernard Hughes.

Gibbons said: 'I had considered staying on within Government, but felt I

wanted to try something else where I could use my knowledge in a

different way.'

Before advising Baroness Jay - who is being widely linked in media

reports with the chairmanship of the BBC's board of governors - Gibbons

was a PRO with the Football Association. There she worked on its failed

attempt to bring the World Cup to England in 2006.

She worked in PR for the Labour Party at Millbank and for white collar

trade union MSF before that.

- Edelman has been appointed to the pan-European corporate and financial

PR brief for mortgage company PMI Group, winning a year's contract after

a three-way pitch.

Director Claire Corrie leads a four-strong team reporting to PMI Group

global PR head Kristin Chen and UK MD Gunnar Lindh. Edelman first worked

with the US-based client on its European and UK launch in February.

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