LONDON—Edward Walsh, former director of corporate communication for IBM France and Northwest Africa, has joined APCO Worldwide as regional director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Walsh’s responsibilities with APCO will span client service with a focus on the information technology and telecommunications sectors, business development and operational management of APCO’s European business, working with Brad Staples, the firm’s EMEA chief executive.
Walsh spent the previous nine years in various senior corporate communication positions at IBM, ranging from managing internal and executive communication in the EMEA, to leading the change and communication work for the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in Europe, following its acquisition by IBM in 2002.
Walsh joins APCO’s expanding corporate communication team, including Jon Chandler, former regional communications and public affairs director for Coca-Cola in Europe who joined the firm in August as regional director corporate communication EMEA, and Kirk Stewart, former vice president for corporate communications for Nike, who joined APCO in New York as executive vice president.
As part of a sabbatical from IBM in 2000-2001, Walsh led marketing and communication for MandrakeSoft (now Mandriva), a Paris-based open-source software and services company. Earlier in his career, he worked as a parliamentary assistant at the House of Commons, and for a leading public affairs consultancy in London and Brussels.
BRUSSELS—Paul Feldman, former United States Federal Aviation Administration director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, has joined APCO Worldwide as director in the Brussels office.
According to Brad Staples, chief executive officer, EMEA, for APCO, “Paul has significant experience working at the forefront of transatlantic and domestic transportation issues. He brings to clients an expansive understanding of what it takes to function successfully in the global marketplace.”
Feldman has an extensive background working with the institutions and agencies of the European Union, civil aviation authorities throughout the region, Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency. He was the lead U.S. negotiator for the development of a new aviation safety bilateral agreement between the European Commission and the United States.
In Brussels, Feldman will support international transportation clients through direct advocacy, relationship building and strategic counsel. He will work closely with other APCO transportation specialists including Jane Garvey, former FAA administrator and head of APCO’s global transportation practice; and Richard Bullard, director of public affairs in APCO’s Brussels office.