Stephen Kehoe is President and CEO, Asia Pacific at Edelman, a position held since July 2019. Prior to this role, he was Global Head of Sectors & Practices at Edelman, which provided leadership over public affairs, corporate communications, executive positioning, consumer brand and a range of industry specialisms, such as health, technology, food and financial services. He joined Edelman in January 2018 as Global Chair of Reputation, which included steering the firm’s work on the annual Edelman Trust Barometer.
Stephen’s experience spans 25 years of international communications and reputation management. He joined Edelman from Visa Inc., San Francisco, where he was Senior Vice President of Global Financial Inclusion, a business-led, shared value initiative focused on driving Visa’s growth in emerging markets and delivering social impact. Prior to this, Stephen was head of corporate communications for Visa’s markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Singapore.
Before joining Visa, Stephen was at PepsiCo in both New York and Brussels, where he served as Vice President Government Affairs & Public Policy. Among other responsibilities, he led global communications and public affairs programs focused on responding to marketing, advertising and food labelling challenges around the world. In addition, he led PepsiCo’s government affairs and corporate communication teams in the European Union, Russia and China.
Prior to his 15-year corporate positions with Visa and PepsiCo, Stephen spent 10 years in other agencies, in North America and Europe. He began his career in the European Parliament in Brussels and worked for several years in the aerospace industry. He is an international adviser to Tsinghua University in Beijing and was formerly Deputy President of the World Federation of Advertisers, Founding Chairman of the International Food & Beverage Alliance, and Member of the Chinese Academy on Financial Inclusion.