Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012, Edelman saw worldwide revenue grow 8.1 per cent to $644.7m (£402.7m) in the 12 months to September.

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Global head Richard Edelman

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Fastest growing offices India, Miami, Dubai

Key clients Adobe, AstraZeneca, GE

This revenue increase was attributed to organic growth from existing clients and the result of multiple practices collaborating on client work across geographies.

Some of these high-profile campaigns included work for Microsoft, Unilever, Novartis and AstraZeneca. Key client wins included corporate and consumer work for Chevron, digital, consumer and tech work for Norton and Syngenta's corporate account.

Star offices grew revenues at an astonishing rate: India by 92.6 per cent, Miami by 91.6 per cent and Dubai by 86.3 per cent.

This year, the agency increased its headcount by 12.5 per cent. Changes to its senior management team included Matthew Harrington taking on the newly created COO role, while Mark Hass became president and CEO of Edelman US. Robert Phillips, head of EMEA, accepted an additional role before announcing last week that he was leaving the firm.

Edelman also launched its Global Women's Executive Network programme, to increase the level of female representation at leadership level. The aim is for 50 per cent of these senior management roles to be filled by women by 2016.

It shared its financial success with its staff, with last year's bonuses making up nearly 40 per cent of pre-tax profits.

The agency won the PRWeek Large Agency of the Year award in both the US and UK in 2011.

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