Christiaan Brown joined the world’s largest public relations firm, Edelman, as a senior vice president at the Seattle Technology practice, where he will report to leader Troy McCombs. Previous to this position, Brown was general manager of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Northwest and served as global client relationship manager of the Qualcomm account.
“Seattle has long been a source for some of the firm’s top technology talent. Adding Christiaan to the Edelman family will further strengthen our senior team who regularly counsel with leaders of well-recognized technology brands around the world,” said Pete Pedersen, global chair, Technology practice. “This is an exciting time for us – especially as we continue to expand our key business segments, including our Seattle enterprise, wireless and mobility offerings – Christiaan will be a great addition.”
Brown has a vast experience, handling Fortune 500 companies and early-stage ventures over the years. Before Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Christiaan Brown managed HP’s consumer, SMB and enterprise product launches for over six years. He is also known for his pro-bono work which focused on youth, education and multicultural issues.
With this new appointment, Edelman continues to invest in a team of senior leaders able to manage and grow the firm’s portfolio. The agency has 66 offices and more than 4,500 employees worldwide, and affiliates in over 30 cities. Edelman is an award-winning practice, receiving important distinctions over the years. It was named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its “A-List Agencies” in both 2010 and 2011; Adweek’s “2011 PR Agency of the Year;” PRWeek’s “2011 Large PR Agency of the Year;” and The Holmes Report’s “2011 Global Agency of the Year” and its 2011 “North American Large Agency of the Year.”