Under Robert Phillips’s leadership, Edelman grew 55% in the UK in three years, was named The Holmes Report Digital Consultancy of the Year in 2011, and received numerous other accolades – all reasons to consider the President and CEO, EMEA, for a global position.
It happened today, with Edelman naming him global chair, Public Engagement and Future Strategies, an effort to determine how developments taking place within the modern communications landscape impact both the firm and its clients.
“Future Strategies will serve as a gathering point for many areas of the business including IP development, talent strategy and innovation,” explained Phillips.
Phillips remains head of the agency’s EMEA operation, but will also oversee the development of Edelman’s approach to Public Engagement, and ensure that the firm is at the forefront of communication innovation. He will report to Edelman president and CEO Richard Edelman, who considers Phillips extremely qualified for this new position:
“Our approach to Public Engagement is continuously evolving and requires that we deliver fresh, pioneering work that adapts to market dynamics and delivers results for our clients. Robert, one of the foremost authorities on the subject, is extremely qualified to drive this effort for us,” said Edelman in an official press communique.
Phillips joined Edelman in 2004, when the firm he co-founded in 1987, Jackie Cooper Public Relations (JCPR), was acquired by Edelman. He was named CEO of Edelman’s merged UK businesses in 2007. Since January 2011, Phillips is CEO of Edelman EMEA.