Former McKinsey partner Michael Stewart has recently joined Edelman Europe as chief executive officer. Beginning late July, McKinsey will oversee Edelman’s European and CIS region, which consists of 17 offices, representing $130 million in revenues. He will report to to Matthew J. Harrington, global CEO at Edelman.
Stewart joined Edelman from McKinsey & Company, a company he joined in 2001, and where he has served as partner, global director of communications since 2004, being responsible for the firm’s thought leadership, external communications, public affairs, risk and reputational management, digital communications, internal communications, social responsibility and alumni relations.
Prior to that, Stewart was managing director of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum, and also held executive roles at the Centre for Our Common Future and the Global Forum on Sustainable Development. With such a background, it is obvious that Stewart is the ideal man to lead Edelman Europe, as Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company emphasised in a press communique:
Michael brings a wealth of experience to his new role, combining his global perspective on the CEO agenda and the forces-at-work in the economy, his deep professional expertise as a communications strategist, and his special track record of values-based leadership both at McKinsey and in his previous roles. While we are very sad that he is leaving our firm, we are delighted that he has been given this exciting new opportunity, and wish him all success for the future.
Stewart also received warm congratulations on his new appointment from Richard Edelman, the CEO of Edelman PR.