ABU DHABI: Edelman has appointed Simon Buerk regional manager and Omar Qirem director in its Middle East and Africa unit.
Buerk most recently served as head of communications at global commodities company Glencore. He is the former head of communications for Shell in Qatar.
Qirem is former chief press officer for UK Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. Both Buerk and Qirem will report to Iain Twine, GM for Edelman Middle East and Africa.
Edelman has two wholly owned offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and an affiliate network across the region. The firm has 52 employees in Africa and the Middle East.