'Pelé of emerging markets comms' Stuart Leasor joins M: offshoot

M:Communications' former emerging markets head Stuart Leasor has joined Russian offshoot EM and launched his own agency to target other developing markets.

Stuart Leasor: Joins M: offshoot
Stuart Leasor: Joins M: offshoot

Leasor will be based full-time in EM’s London office, but will simultaneously relaunch a separate agency, Woodstock Leasor, to explore other global markets.

Tom Blackwell, who led the spin-out of M:’s Russian practice into EM last month, dubbed Leasor the ‘Pelé of emerging markets comms’.

‘His experience, contacts and passion for what he does is unrivalled, and he will be a tremendous asset for all of our clients,’ he added.

Leasor was one of the seven senior M: executives who quit the City agency in February amid dissatisfaction over equity incentives.

He has worked in financial comms for more than 25 years with a focus on Russia and other emerging markets.

He headed M:’s emerging markets practice for almost five years and previously worked for The PBN Company, Financial Dynamics, and ran Woodstock Leasor for six years in the 1990s.

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