Donaldson’s job title will be senior partner and regional director, encompassing managing director for these two regions. He will report to John Saunders, regional president, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Donaldson will join from Weber Shandwick, where he currently leads the international work out of the Middle East as chair of the firm's EMEA corporate practice. He is due to step down from Weber Shandwick in December and begin his new role in January.
Over his 20-year career, Donaldson has lived and worked in continental Europe, the Middle East and the UK running agency teams, offices and regions.
Dave Senay, FleishmanHillard president and CEO, said: "Jim’s addition to our senior leadership team underlines our commitment to build on FleishmanHillard’s strengths and expertise in EMEA. Our UK and Middle East operations are integral to our success in the region and Jim’s exceptional track record as a senior communications adviser and agency leader will help us deliver on our ambitious growth plans."
Donaldson said: "I am delighted to be joining such a thriving and award-winning agency. Our industry is undergoing a hugely significant period of change and innovation – I can’t wait to get started helping drive FleishmanHillard’s growth."