LONDON—Two months after John Mahony stepped aside as chief executive of Edelman’s U.K. operations, the firm’s chairman Nigel Whittaker is stepping down after three years in that role, to concentrate on other business interests.
New chief executive James Thellusson says he plans to put together a council of senior industry advisors who will help the firm in its plan to double revenues over the next three years.
“I’m looking for three to five senior industry advisers, who can help advise the management team on the whole business strategy or work with individual directors almost as a professional coaching team,” Thelluson, who joined Edelman from Cohn & Wolfe, told The Guardian.
Before joining Edelman, Whittaker spent 13 years as a board director of Kingfisher and then three years as the UK chairman of Burson-Marstellar.
MELBOURNE—Margaret Sullivan is joining Edelman in Sydney to lead the firm’s corporate practice for Australia, and David McCarthy has been appointed managing director for a new Edelman office in Melbourne.
Sullivan was most recently director of business and investor relations for Hill and Knowlton Australia, while McCarthy was previously national general manager, corporate communications for Telstra, Australia’s largest corporation.