Hadden resigns post as UK head of Edelman PR

Abel Hadden, the UK managing director of Edelman PR Worldwide, has resigned from the company.

Abel Hadden, the UK managing director of Edelman PR Worldwide, has

resigned from the company.



He will be replaced by his deputy managing director and Edelman’s head

of European Technology, Tari Hibbitt.



Hadden has decided to take time off to travel before looking for a job

either in PR or outside the industry. He said he was leaving after

having turned around the fortunes of Edelman’s UK operation.



When Hadden joined as managing director in 1994 from Lowe Bell

Consultants, the agency had lost business from two of its largest

clients, British Steel and the National Dairy Council. Its staff had

dropped from 100 to around 50 and the agency was making a loss.

According to latest figures Edelman has recovered, with a fee income of

over pounds 7 million in 1997 and a staff of 95.



Hibbitt joined Edelman from The Rowland Company in 1995, where she had

worked for seven years. Hibbitt was European technology head and

managing director at Rowland. She reported to chief executive officer

Beverley Kaye.



Hadden was formerly a senior consultant at Lowe Bell. He joined the

agency from Good Relations when the company was bought by Lowe Bell to

become Lowe Bell Good Relations. He sold his agency, Abel Hadden

Associates, to Good Relations in 1983.



In September last year, Edelman Worldwide hired Joachim Klewes as the

agency’s European President. Klewes’ predecessor Michel Ogrizek left

last May to join Unilever as head of worldwide corporate relations.



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