LONDON: Edelman's head of international operations, Alison Canning, has resigned her post, and is leaving the firm this week after two years of service.
Edelman, the world's largest independent PR firm, plans to eliminate her position and is on the hunt to fill a new post - head of European operations - in the hopes of building a "flatter" and more integrated global operation.
"We've removed the international operations position because we need a flatter, one-firm approach," said CEO Richard Edelman.
Edelman also told PRWeek that he hopes the new structure will help to better integrate the agency's international operations with its flagship US business, which continues to produce about two-thirds of Edelman's revenue.
Canning described her spilt with Edelman as "amicable." She will now go on a six-
month paid leave from the agency, during which she will be barred from working in
Edelman also announced that Hugh Gillanders, head of its office in Ireland, was appointed European COO. He will report to the as-yet-to-be-appointed president.