We were deeply saddened by the passing of Lord Myners, Edelman’s UK Chairman this weekend.
Paul took on the role as our Chairman seven years ago, and he made a huge contribution to the development and success of our firm over his tenure.
For those of you who met or were in Paul’s orbit, you will know that there was no one quite like him. He brought stature and gravitas to the role with lashings of irreverence and fun. His experience was truly unmatched and there are few people who bring such depth of knowledge and experience from the top of both the private and public sector. Through his professional life, he lead some of Britain’s largest and most cherished companies, and in Government as a key figure helping to resolve the financial crisis. With a strong moral compass, and having come from a humble start in Cornwall, his social conscience alongside fierce intellect, made him a great leader.
He brought all of that and more to the role as our Chairman, a role that he loved. He liked nothing more than spending time in the office in London which he always found immensely energising. His counsel on our business was always considered and strategic. He brought fun and laughter and we will also miss his extraordinary ability to stretch from PLCs into the realms of popular culture.
On a personal note, Paul was a great friend and mentor to me. He played an important part in my life and leaves a large hole that will be impossible to fill. Loyal, always available, direct and honest in the best possible way, but always kind. He was my pal and I will miss him.
I wish to pay tribute to his amazing contribution to public life over many decades, and we send our best wishes and thoughts to his five children, who he loved and doted on.
Ed Williams is President & CEO, Edelman EMEA