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Harrington Named Edelman COO, Hass Appointed U.S. President

Edelman has announced a number of leadership changes this morning.

Matthew Harrington has been named global COO, a new position at the firm, effective July 1. In this role, he’ll oversee the company’s four regions (United States, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Canada/Latin America), chair the Conflict Management Committee, and manage the legal, IT, and HR areas. He’ll also continue to manage the global practices, clients, businesses, and finance operations. We’re tired just thinking about it.

“At moments, it can appear daunting,” Harrington told us over the phone this morning. But Harrington says he’s an “Edelman vet” (he’s been with the firm for 28 years) and he’s worked with firm president and CEO Richard Edelman for decades, so they have a well-established working relationship.

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Burson-Marsteller Hires Bob Pickard to Lead Asia-Pacific Offices


Burson-Marsteller announced over the weekend that Bob Pickard will join the firm as CEO of the Asia-Pacific division, reporting directly to global CEO Mark Penn. He was President of Edelman North Asia, in charge of Korea and Japan.

Beginning February 1, Pickard will lead BM’s 19-office, 500+ employee operation spread over seven countries, as well as its 11 smaller affiliate offices spread across eight countries in the region.

Pickard replaces Simon Pangrazio, a 14-year veteran of Burson. According to LinkedIn, he held leadership titles in BM’s Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong offices, and became CEO two years ago.

RELATED: Former MS&L CEO Mark Hass Named President, Edelman China

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.

RELATED: PR News Editor Courtney Barnes Leaving to Join MH Group Communications

PR News Names Scott Van Camp Editor

PR News named Scott Van Camp editor of the publication today. Van Camp has spent time on both the editorial and marketing side of the media business. His journalism career includes stints at IQ News, Technology Marketing and Brandweek, while his time in PR and marketing includes corporate communications manager at MarketBridge and his own communications and media consulting firm, SVC Communications.

Van Camp replaced Courtney Barnes, who – as PRNewser exclusively reported – left the publication last month to join former Manning Selvage and Lee CEO Mark Hass at his recently launched agency, MH Group Communications.

PR News Editor Courtney Barnes Leaving to Join MH Group Communications


First on PRNewser: PR News Editor Courtney Barnes is leaving the publication to join former Manning Selvage and Lee CEO Mark Hass at his recently launched agency, MH Group Communications.

“Mark is forward thinking to the communications business as a whole. He did this first with first firm, and he is looking to do it again,” Barnes told PRNewser. “This opportunity was so attractive because he’s really seeking to maximize his background with C-level executives but bring the new social media and communications paradigm to them at their level, in a way that is relevant.”

PR News will be hiring a replacement and is currently interviewing candidates. Barnes’ first day at MH Group will be December 1st. She joins as Vice President and Director.