Hawker led Edelman UK’s health team, one of the biggest in London, for two years, with responsibilities for growing revenue in the division, winning and retaining new clients, and managing staff and budgets.
Changes at the top at Edelman UK
Hawker’s departure follows that of other divisional MDs and less senior staff from Edelman who have left or announced their departures ahead of the end of its financial year in June.
Lucy Melling, managing director of Edelman's UK brand team, also left the agency earlier this year.
30 years in healthcare
Hawker, who has a 30-year career in the healthcare sector, was in pole position in PRWeek’s Top 10 in Healthcare Comms for two years running in 2018 and 2019.
She was appointed by Edelman as MD of its UK healthcare team in May 2017 to replace Ann Bartling, who was with the agency for 13 years.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller in 2012, Hawker was business development director at Informed and before that a director and partner at FleishmanHillard – having sold her agency The Remedy, which she ran for nearly 10 years, to Fleishman in 2006.
Hawker is thought to be seeking a new role in the health sector, either with an agency or an in-house team.
Kayleigh Ryan, Edelman's head of marketing in the UK, said: "As the largest agency in the UK, we have a natural turnover of employees. We will continue to hire the very best talent at all levels and develop and promote strong performers from within."
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