Elan Edelman founder and CEO Marion Darrieutort steps down

Marion Darrieutort, CEO of Elan Edelman who founded the French agency prior to its merger with Edelman Paris six years, is leaving her role.

Elan Edelman founder and CEO Marion Darrieutort steps down

Darrieutort (pictured) has left to focus on new entrepreneurial projects, Edelman said.

Her successor has not been appointed. Edelman’s French business will be led for the time being by an interim management team of Amélie Aubry, managing director, brand marketing; Alexandre Faure, managing director, integrated solutions; and Patrick Ploncard, CFO.

Darrieutort was a director in Edelman’s Paris office prior to launching Elan in 2008, growing it to become France's biggest independent communications consultancy. Elan was acquired by Edelman in 2014 and merged with Edelman Paris to form Elan Edelman.

The agency has 120 employees. The company said that since its formation the business has grown to cover food & beverage, technology, health, crisis, digital, corporate affairs, executive positioning and brand marketing. Edelman added that the business has expanded its profit base in the last few years and also improved profitability.

Ed Williams, president and CEO, Edelman EMEA, said: “We thank Marion for her hard work, dedication and commitment to leading the business during her time with Edelman, and we wish her all the future success in her next venture. I am confident the business will continue to grow and thrive under the strong leadership of Amelie, Alexandre and Patrick whilst we look for a successor. France is a dynamic marketplace and it is our ambition to continue to expand our business across corporate and brand communications and build on the foundation that has been laid in the last few years.”

Darrieutort said: "After founding Elan in 2008 and choosing to trust Edelman to write a new chapter in the life of Elan, I am leaving the Edelman confident in the future of the Parisian office which has seen its positions strengthened in recent years. I have full confidence in the team to ensure a promising future and to continue to support the agency's clients with high standards and talent. Because I am a passionate entrepreneur, I am now focused on new projects which have been driven by the significant societal shifts the world is seeing today."

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