By Kevin McCauley
John Clinton, who served as Grey Worldwide Canada chief for nearly a decade, assumes the helm of Edelman Canada on August 17.
Based in Toronto, Clinton will be responsible for clients such as Labatt, RIM, Starbucks, Kraft, Unilever, and Pfizer, 160 staffers and offices in Montreal and Vancouver. He reports to Gail Becker, chair, Canada and Latin America, and takes over for Heather Conway.
Clinton departed Grey in 2008 and joins Edelman from Transcontinental Media, where he was senior VP/digital solutions and new media.
Before Grey, he chaired J. Walter Thompson’s Canadian operations and ran the global ad business for Kellogg's in New York.
In citing the convergence of PR, digital and advertising, Richard Edelman expects Clinton’s background to "help expand our remit among marketing and communications officers."