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
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.