LONDON, 5th August – Edelman has named Naheed Mehta, a former civil servant at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, head of its global Government Communications offer.
Naheed will be responsible for driving the expansion of the work that Edelman does internationally for heads of state and government out of its UK office, as well as working closely with established teams in the U.S., Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Gurpreet Brar, managing director for Public Affairs in the UK said: “Every year at Edelman we launch our Trust Barometer and year after year we have seen trust in Governments declining. Challenges ranging from the Eurozone to the wikileaks saga have time and again demonstrated that Government reputation is fragile.”
“We are delighted that Naheed has decided to join Edelman. Her unparalleled understanding and experience of Government will be invaluable to clients and help drive the Government Communications offer.”
She joins Edelman from the Foreign and Commonwealth office and has over 35 years of experience working in government communications across a number of government departments. During that time, she has advised Secretaries of State; Ministers and Prime Ministers primarily on media relations. Naheed has dealt with a range of issues including pensions, trade negotiations and, most recently, counter-terrorism. She is a crisis management expert and was posted to Islamabad after 9/11 and to Baghdad straight after armed conflict in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded an MBE for her work in Iraq.
Naheed said, “I am delighted to join the Edelman family and look forward to working on the Government Communications offer and adding value to the existing team.”
Stephanie Lvovich, global chair of Public Affairs said, “Governments have very specific communications challenges. Internationally, Edelman has worked for over 50 governments and multi-lateral institutions and we continue to expand our work in this important area. Naheed’s experience and knowledge is truly unique in the marketplace; she has operated at the highest levels of government for decades and worked on some of the most sensitive policy issues. We are excited to welcome her to Edelman and have her lead our global Government Communications team. We know that she will add enormous value to our work in this growing space.”
For further details on our Government Communications offer please contact Gurpreet Brar.