SYDNEY—Michelle Hutton is joining Edelman Australia as chief executive officer. Hutton joins the company from Hill & Knowlton, where she was chief executive, Australasia, and also led the brand marketing practice for the company across Asia Pacific. Hutton spent 15 years at Hill & Knowlton, which has tripled in size in Australia under her leadership.
Hutton has worked with many leading brands, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Canon, Sony Ericsson, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg, Ford and Unilever. She is a governor of AmCham and sits on the New South Wales State Council for Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
In addition, Alexandra Kelly will join Edelman Sydney as general manager on June 1. Kelly joins the company from Weber Shandwick, where she was head of client services, Australia. A consumer marketing specialist, Kelly will guide strategy for both business-to-business and consumer communications for clients including Olympus Imaging Australia, Nestle Cereal Partners, Nestle confectionary & corporate, CSR Australia, Singapore Airlines, Unilever, Sanofi-Aventis, and Johnson & Johnson Pacific.
According to Edelman’s president for the Asia-Pacific region Alan VanderMolen, “The time is now to deepen leadership and to innovate in this market. There is a vibrant and changing media landscape, an active civil society encouraging companies and brands to engage with their stakeholders and a tremendous talent pool. We believe the first stage toward innovation is to add depth and talent to our leadership team.
“This is the first phase of a broader plan of initiatives that Edelman will be rolling out in Australia.”
Edelman’s current managing director for Australia, Amanda Little, will take on a new role to build and lead a new sustainability practice designed to help the firm grow its offer in the corporate social responsibility and sustainability spaces. Little has been involved in sustainability communications for sometime as founder of sustainability education not for profit, One at a Time Foundation.
Melbourne-based Asia-Pacific corporate practice head David McCarthy and Melbourne general manager Rhys Ryan will continue in their current positions.