By Arun Sudhaman
NEW YORK: Edelman Asia-Pacific CEO Alan VanderMolen is to shift to Chicago to take on a new global role overseeing the agency’s global practices and intellectual capital.
VanderMolen’s role as Asia-Pacific president will be filled by current EMEA CEO David Brain who will depart London later this year.
VanderMolen has led Edelman Asia-Pacific since 2002, based in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, the agency has effectively quadrupled its revenues and grown its footprint significantly.
“Alan is well-suited to spearhead the development and integration of our global practices, specialty businesses, and intellectual property because he has operated successfully in key global markets and has been at the forefront of developing significant intellectual capital across the firm in the areas of stakeholder engagement, corporate trust, CSR, and social media,” said Richard Edelman, president and CEO, Edelman.
Brain, meanwhile, departs Edelman’s London office after seven years. Edelman’s EMEA operations are now worth approximately $100 million, and include the acquisitions of UK consumer firm JCPR and digital media agency Spook. Brain previously lived in Asia during the Nineties.
“Having experienced tremendous success in Europe – growing the business from 350 people and $45.5 million in revenue to 700 professionals and $100M in revenue in seven years, David is the ideal candidate to lead Edelman in Asia-Pacific,” said Edelman. “He will build on Alan’s progress and expand Edelman in the world’s fastest-growing markets by both supporting Western companies in Asia and Asian companies throughout our network.”
Edelman is currently seeking Brain’s successor in EMEA.