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DJE Promotes VanderMolen to ‘Activate’ Edelman Holding Company

Daniel J. Edelman Inc (DJE) announced this morning that it has promoted Alan VanderMolen to vice chairman of the Edelman holding company. The move is an effort to build on the business’ holding company model with PR as the focus.

Looking back, Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman and executive chairman of DJE, points out that “DJE was the original name of the company.” Over the years, Edelman has come to the forefront. Now, the company wants to diversify. Doing that requires “activating the holding company.”

“We want to make it clear to the marketplace that we want to compete with Omnicom, et. al. But they put at their center their advertising business and we put PR at the center,” said Edelman.

“We’re unique in being a PR-centered holding company. We’re an example for all the rest,” Edelman added.

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Edelman Promotes Both VanderMolen and Brain to CEO

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Edelman has announced two promotions: Alan VanderMolen to president and CEO of Global Practices and Diversified Insights Businesses and David Brain to president and CEO of Edelman Asia Pacific. Video of the two execs talking about their promotions is available on the Edelman website.

Former MS&L CEO Named President, Edelman China

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Edelman has hired former MS&L Worldwide CEO Mark Hass to run the agency’s presence in China. Hass most recently was founding Partner and CEO of MH Group Communications, which will be acquired by Edelman as part of the deal.

Hass told PRNewser today that all MH Group Communications employees and clients, including United Airlines and Hess Oil, will make the move to Edelman as part of the deal. “China is a fascinating place,” he said, citing the “unique opportunity to live abroad, be in a really entertaining and interesting environment, and work for arguably the best PR firm in world,” as reasons he made the move.

Several MS&L executives will also join Edelman in China, including Shirley Wong Walker, who will oversee the healthcare practice and James Cook who will lead technology. Hass said he did not personally recruit these executives and that the MS&L connection is “purely accidental.”

That being said, Hass is thinking big when it comes to Edelman’s potential in China. “I’m going in with the intention of turning the agency into the market’s largest player and best regarded player,” he said.

Hass joined MS&L Worldwide in 2002 and was named CEO in 2005. He stepped down from the CEO post this past April. At Edelman he will report to will report to Asia-Pacific president Alan VanderMolen.

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