VANDERMOLEN TO VICE CHAIR, DJE
Edelman CEO Richard Edelman has named Alan VanderMolen vice chairman of the Daniel J. Edelman Inc. holding company to build global scale for non-Edelman branded businesses such as Zeno (PR), StrategyOne (research), Ruth (integrated marketing) and Matter (sports, sponsorship, entertainment) of the No. 1 independent PR firm.
International generated $220M of Edelman's overall $604M in 2011 fee income, while overseas revenues were less than $5M for the DJE group.
Richard Edelman says since the DJE group is enjoying robust growth in the U.S. the time is ripe for an international foray.
VanderMolen told O'Dwyer's the plan is to "build a PR-centric holding company where PR is at the center of the plate of marketing services."
The 10-year Edelman veteran has deep roots overseas, joining the firm as Asia president. He spearheaded the move into Japan, India and Indonesia and managed the acquisition of Pegasus Communications in China. Currently, he reps Shell and SAP and has counseled Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Starbucks and Samsung.
VanderMolen, who served a 13-year stint at Burson-Marsteller, remains president/CEO of Edelman's global practices and diversified insights business.
Daniel Edelman is chairman of DJE. Son Richard is executive chairman.
Turett Turns Over Edelman Health to White
Nancy Turett, who built Edelman's health group into a practice of more than 500 pros during a 23-year stint, has been upped to the new post of chief strategist, health and society. She will counsel clients in diverse businesses about the opportunities and challenges presented by the fast-changing healthcare sector.
Kym White, who joined Edelman a year ago as vice chair, succeeds Turett as global health chair. Prior to Edelman, White did a 16-year stint at Ogilvy PR Worldwide (global health chief and New York leader) and led corporate communications at Baxter Int’l.
Susan Isenberg, an 18-year Edelman vet, assumes White's duties. She led the New York health group from 2002-10.
LEHMAN, BP PRO MOVES TO AFME
Andrew Gowers, the Financial Times editor who went on to manage PR for Lehman Brothers and BP, has joined the Assn. for Financial Markets in Europe, a trade group of global bankers operating on the Continent, according to a report in Reuters.
The crisis veteran worked in London as Lehman's corporate communications chief for two years until its 2008 financial collapse. He then moved to the head of group media at BP position in 2009, working through the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. Gowers also coauthored a biography of late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.
He began his career at Reuters before moving to FT. Gowers has been working as a consultant to AFME before officially assuming the director of external affairs slot.