By Arun Sudhaman
LONDON: Kevin Bell is stepping down from his role as regional president of Fleishman-Hillard UK, Africa and the Middle East after 10 years with the agency.
It is understood that the agency is yet to determine whether a successor will be sought for Bell's position.For now, the individual MDs heading each of his previous regions will now report directly to F-H global president and CEO Dave Senay. These include Richard Kanareck, who began work as UK MD this month, Elaine McKean (Edinburgh), Annalise Coady (Middle East) and Kevin Welman (Africa).
Public affairs veteran Bell said that it is “simply time for me to look around and take on a new and different challenge.” He will leave the agency after serving his six-month notice period.
“Kevin leaves a legacy of leadership and commitment to Fleishman-Hillard,” said Senay. “His track record includes substantially increasing our presence in London, strengthening our African network, and further developing Fleishman-Hillard’s presence in the Middle East.”
The remainder of the F-H EMEA region is overseen by Dublin-based regional president of Continental Europe, Ireland and Eurasia, John Saunders.
Bell began his career with Michael Forsyth Associates in 1980. He was a founding director of Westminster Strategy in 1987 before being asked by Lord Tim Bell to establish Lowe Bell Political (later Bell Pottinger Public Affairs) in 1994.
Bell joined GPC International UK in 2000, which was subsequently merged with Fleishman-Hillard. In February 2004 he was appointed regional director of Fleishman-Hillard UK and South Africa, and later, the Middle East.