November 2, 2021 — NEW YORK — Edelman today announced that Lex Suvanto has been appointed managing partner and chief executive officer of Edelman Financial Communications. In addition, Edelman named regional leaders for financial communications in the US, EMEA, APAC and Canada. Edelman Financial Communications is a rapidly-growing segment for the firm and has consistently seen double-digit growth since its inception.

"Continuing to grow financial communications in both breadth and depth of service is central to our growth strategy,” said Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman. “Our deep expertise across verticals including health, technology, and food and beverage coupled with our truly global footprint puts Edelman in a unique position to serve current and future clients. Lex and this outstanding group of leaders have built a strong platform for delivering world-class counsel and execution and we will continue to invest significantly to further grow our team.”

Suvanto joined Edelman in 2013 and most recently served as global managing director. He has advised on many transactions, activism defense situations and IPO as well as some of the world’s most high-profile crisis situations. Prior to Edelman, Lex spent a decade working at Abernathy MacGregor, a leading strategic and financial communications firm.

Edelman today also announced the following regional leadership appointments:

  • Katie Spring and Josh Hochberg are managing directors and chief operating officers of the US Financial Communications team.
  • Alex Simmons leads Edelman Smithfield's EMEA Capital Markets and oversees the Financial Communications growth strategy across EMEA.
  • Chad Tendler serves as executive vice president and leads Financial Communications in APAC.
  • David Ryan is managing director of Edelman Smithfield in Canada, Edelman’s recently launched specialized Financial Communications boutique in this growing market.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the future of Edelman Financial Communications and this exceptional team,” said Suvanto. “The time is right for us to build on our strong foundation and continue to invest for growth.”

About Edelman Financial Communications

Edelman Financial Communications comprises over 175 specialized practitioners in the US, UK, Canada, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. The group provides strategic counsel to companies seeking to communicate with their financial audiences and provides reputation strategy to companies within the institutional financial services industry. The group also offers specialized expertise in ESG advisory, healthcare financial communications, digital financial communications and financial policy and regulation.

About Edelman

Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver communications strategies that give our clients the confidence to lead and act with certainty, earning the trust of their stakeholders. Our honors include the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for PR; Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List; the Holmes Report’s 2018 Global Digital Agency of the Year; and, five times, Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work. Since our founding in 1952, we have remained an independent, family-run business. Edelman owns specialty companies Edelman Data x Intelligence (research, data) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, lifestyle).