HONG KONG—Edelman has named Franklin (Frank) Lavin to the position of chairman of the public affairs practice for Edelman Asia Pacific. In this new role, Lavin will provide strategic counsel to clients reflecting the changing nature of the relationship between business and government in the Asia Pacific region.
According to the 10th Annual Edelman Asia Pacific Trust Barometer, 65 percent of opinion leaders surveyed in Asia Pacific believe that businesses should partner with governments and other third parties to help drive decision-making and set strategy on major societal issues. More than two-thirds of the opinion leaders surveyed globally are calling upon governments to put further regulations in place across all industries.
Lavin has spent most of his professional life in senior business and government positions. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, during which time he negotiated the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Singapore.
In his government capacity, Lavin served as undersecretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce and as lead negotiator for both China and India. In addition, Lavin has in-depth business experience in Asia, having worked in Hong Kong and Singapore in senior banking and management positions at Citibank and Bank of America from 1996 to 2001. He is also the former managing director and COO of Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia, responsible for the firm’s private equity business and investor relations.