Edelman hires McKinsey veteran as European CEO

LONDON: Edelman has named Michael Stewart CEO of its European operations following the exit of Robert Phillips last year.

LONDON: Edelman has named Michael Stewart CEO of its European operations following the exit of Robert Phillips last year.

Stewart, currently global director of communications at McKinsey & Company, will take over from Susan Eastoe, who is in the role on an interim basis.

Phillips, who was EMEA president and CEO, left last November. A month later, Edelman said the position would be reduced in scope. Just before Phillips' resignation, Edelman had promoted him to global chair for public engagement and future strategies, alongside his EMEA CEO duties.

Stewart will start in the role in July, overseeing Edelman's European and CIS region, which has 17 offices and is responsible for $130 million in revenue. He will report to Matthew Harrington, global COO, and join the agency's executive committee.

“[Stewart] is a proven business and communications leader, who, having been based in Europe for more than 15 years, understands the market and its opportunities for growth,” Harrington said. “His global experience – spanning Europe, Asia, North America, and South America – and expertise in growing matrixed organizations will propel us even further in this region.”

Stewart has worked at McKinsey in his current role since 2004. Before that, he was communications director for the Americas and Asia. Stewart joined McKinsey in 2001. Prior to McKinsey, he was MD of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum.

Eastoe will return to her former role of COO for EMEA.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.

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