Thellusson takes European MD job with First&42nd

Former Cohn & Wolfe European MD James Thellusson has joined Edelman PR Worldwide's communications management arm First&42nd to spearhead the group's expansion in Europe.

Thellusson has joined the firm as European MD, despite announcing his intentions to remain within the WPP stable after leaving C&W late last year (PRWeek, 2 November, 2001).

He will report to Alison Canning, First&42nd chairman and Edelman president of international operations.

First&42nd - bought by Edelman last summer (PRWeek, 22 June 2001) - has drafted in Thellusson to oversee its expansion into Europe, which is set to see a raft of office openings.

First&42nd currently operates out of the UK and Mumbai in India.

Thellusson said the group would now focus attention on France, Germany, Brussels and Scandinavia.

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