Edelman names chief of staff, expands executive committee

NEW YORK: Edelman is taking steps to streamline its operations, naming Derek Creevey as its first-ever chief of staff and expanding its executive committee from four to 12 members.

NEW YORK: Edelman is taking steps to streamline its operations, naming Derek Creevey as its first-ever chief of staff and expanding its executive committee from four to 12 members.

Creevey, who is currently SVP and director of marketing, will oversee the firm's human resources, information technology, quality, and marketing departments, which previously reported directly to Richard Edelman, president and CEO.

"Twelve people used to report directly to me, so all of the staff services weren't getting enough attention," Edelman said.

Creevey will now represent those departments and report directly to Edelman. Edelman added that Creevey would currently remain director of marketing, but the agency might add someone to fill that role once Creevey got settled into his new position.

The expansion of Edelman's executive committee was similarly a streamlining development.

Edelman said the committee, which devises and implements global corporate strategy, needed more voices from various geographies and practices in order for the agency to maintain a global message.

"We wanted to make sure all of our practices had a strong voice in the decision-making processes of the company," Edelman said.

New executive committee members include Matthew Harrington, president of the Eastern region, Michel Ogrizek, worldwide vice chairman, and Alan VanderMolen, president of the Asia Pacific region.

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