Edelman PR Worldwide’s European president Joachim Klewes is to
leave because of a difference of operating styles with the agency’s
president and chief executive Richard Edelman.
Klewes’ departure, agreed in principle with Edelman last week, means
that the agency has lost its two most senior European executives in as
many months. Edelman’s UK managing director Abel Hadden left in
Klewes has only been in post since September last year, when he folded
his management consultancy, k-brain, into Edelman. The agency had been
four months without a European president before Klewes joined.
Klewes founded and managed leading German agency Kohtes and Klewes which
he left in 1996 after selling his shares to the agency’s managers and
advertising and PR agency BBDO. He then set up k-brain.
Edelman said that he had hired Klewes because of his entrepreneurial
experience, but that their styles had clashed.
’It’s a mutual decision. Edelman is a family business, it’s a very
personality driven business, and relationships matter. I’ll be in the
market for a replacement,’ he said.
According to Edelman, the agency is thriving in Europe. It expects to
report a 20 per cent increase in European fee income during 1997.
The London agency, where Hadden had been managing director since 1994,
saw a 48 per cent growth in fee income to pounds 7 million in 1997.