Edelman has promoted John Kerr, CEO of Edelman Singapore, to the role of Vice Chair of Technology in Asia Pacific, providing dedicated leadership in this important sector. Additionally, Adrian Warr, CEO of Edelman Hong Kong and Taiwan, will take on the role of CEO for Southeast Asia, overseeing Edelman’s operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Kerr’s appointment comes at a time when technology continues to play a larger role in daily life, and yet, trust in the technology sector continues to decline. As one of Edelman’s most senior client leaders and with his unrivalled experience in this sector, Kerr will navigate Edelman’s teams of technology sector practitioners and clients in Asia Pacific through the fast-changing consumer landscape.
Meanwhile, Warr will lead Edelman’s operations across Southeast Asia, leveraging his experience in leading the firm’s growth in Hong Kong and Taiwan over the past 8 years, building on these markets’ strengths and momentum. In his new role, Warr will focus on driving local expertise and cross-border collaboration across Southeast Asian markets, in order to deliver broader capabilities for Edelman’s clients. He will continue to lead the firm’s regional Employee Experience offering as well.
Stephen Kehoe, Edelman’s President and CEO for Asia Pacific, says: “As we continue to advance our plans towards our desired future, we are making important changes to our APAC leadership team today, in order to accelerate the growth of our people and our work, while creating a simpler structure that’s designed around the needs of our clients. Both John and Adrian are renowned leaders with proven track records for developing talent and driving business growth.”
Both appointments are effective October 1, with the incumbents ensuring business continuity across their existing markets until their successors have been named.