Edelman today announced four new leadership appointments across its offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Pacific Northwest. All four appointments are promotions from within.
Dan Webber will succeed Lisa Osborne Ross as President of Edelman’s Washington, DC office. A 17-year Edelman veteran who began his career at the firm as an intern, Webber is one of Edelman’s leading experts in crisis & risk, digital strategy, and corporate advisory. Webber served as Managing Director of Edelman’s DC operations throughout 2020, continuing the growth trajectory for Edelman’s third-largest office.
Jonathan Jordan has been named General Manager of Edelman’s Los Angeles office as Will Collie, prior GM in LA, moves into a new role as Vice Chair and Head of Client Growth in Asia-Pacific. A veteran of EY, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the creative industry, Jordan has emerged as a leader in Edelman’s Corporate Advisory practice with a focus on employee experience and diversity, equity and inclusion, securing sizable recent wins for the firm in this space.
Margot Edelman will serve as General Manager of the Bay Area, following a successful stint as Bay Area COO and Tech lead, in which she led the team to substantial growth. A decade-long Edelman veteran and third-generation family leader, her tenure at the firm has been marked by key new business wins, increased market visibility, and expansion in tech, venture capital, and private equity.
Ryan Cudney will serve as General Manager, Pacific Northwest. Cudney most recently served as EVP, Business Transformation in Chicago and as Global Chief of Staff to Richard Edelman. In an eight-year Edelman career, Cudney has managed some of Edelman’s largest crisis clients, building on a successful prior career as a political strategist and communicator.
“Even as they way we work is transformed in the Covid era, local expertise and community are crucial for our people and our clients in each unique market we serve,” said Edelman U.S. CEO & President Russell Dubner. “The appointments of Dan, Jonathan, Margot and Ryan, after a set of outside searches, are a clear signal of the depth of our bench and our readiness to advance the next chapter in four distinct and critical markets.”
All four leaders will assume their positions effective March 1st. Melissa Nelson, previously the General Manager, Pacific Northwest, will take on a new role leading global client accounts as Managing Director, Integrated Client Leadership.
“We believe in our people and in giving them additional opportunity to advance our clients’ objectives,” said Edelman U.S. COO Lisa Osborne Ross. “In these appointments, you see diversity of race, ideology, gender, religion, and tenure – a diversity that fully exemplifies who we are as a firm and gives us the cultural relevancy required to meet our clients’ needs.”
Edelman is a global communications firm that partners with business and organizations to evolve, promote, and protect their brands and reputations. Our 6,000 people in more than 60 offices deliver 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 DataxIntelligence (data and research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, lifestyle).