Louis Susman, a Democratic advisor, fundraiser, lawyer and banker who is outgoing ambassador to the U.K., has been named non-executive chairman of DJE Holdings, the parent company of Edelman.
Susman fills a role the company vowed to create following the passing of chairman Dan Edelman in January. He will provide counsel to president, CEO and chairman Richard Edelman as well as the firm's global leadership team, in addition to business development duties.
"I needed a person to be my boss," Edelman told O'Dwyer's. "I had my dad for 35 years."
Susman, who announced in November that he'd step down from the U.K. post this spring, was a senior advisor and key fundraiser to President Obama's 2008 White House bid and a national finance chairman for John Kerry's 2004 campaign.
He was a managing director with Citigroup and Salomon Brothers after practicing law for nearly 30 years. He was tapped by Obama for the ambassadorship to the Court of St. James in 2009.
He was on President Ronald Reagan's U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
In addition to Richard Edelman and Susman, DJE's board includes Ruth Edelman (deputy non-exec chairman); John Edelman, managing director at Edelman; Matthew Harrington, COO; Victor Malanga, CFO, and Steven Felsher, a former vice chairman of Grey Global Group.