Speyside Corporate Relations Appoints President to Support Rapid Global Emerging Markets GrowthSpeyside Corporate Relations, emerging markets public policy and corporate affairs consultancy which counts Facebook, Bayer, Visa and Novartis among its flagship clients, has hired Chris Dobson as President. Dobson’s mandate is to manage rapid growth in sub Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe, while adding further depth to Speyside’s well–established Latin American operations.
The hire re-unites Dobson with former leadership colleagues from Mmd, the Central European focused consultancy sold to Huntsworth in 2006.
Dobson played a key role in developing Mmd across 18 European markets plus Russia and Turkey, serving as COO, then CEO after the sale. After two years consolidating the agency under new ownership, he then moved to Edelman, spending just under three years as head of emerging markets within EMEA. Dobson will work alongside Speyside founders Alistair McLeish and Ian Herbison to build on the growth momentum the firm is experiencing in developing markets globally.
Dobson is Speyside’s fourth recent, high-profile appointment, following those of Stephen Lock as Senior Vice President & Country Manager, Brazil (formerly Edelman Asia Pacific Public Policy Head), Jana Nelson (former senior U.S. State Department Officer) as Country Manager, Mexico, and David Ross (latterly from MHP Communications) as Country Manager, Colombia.
Ian Herbison, Speyside’s co–founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted Chris has come on board - he is an outstanding leader with a strong track record of building a consultancy offering across complex and varied markets. While our Latin American network continues to grow exponentially, we are also seeing increasing demand for our support in other emerging markets, across Africa and more established markets such as Russia, Turkey, Poland and others. These are markets where Chris’ vast experience will be invaluable.”
Chris Dobson said: “It feels great to be back with such familiar, trusted faces. I am thrilled to be part of Speyside’s continued development and growth in such exciting emerging markets worldwide. This is a whole new era, of course, from the previous time we worked together, but the challenge is not dissimilar. In increasingly unstable times, our clients require strong support and counsel across a host of complex, sometimes opaque, high growth markets. Our offering combines strategic communications with public policy support, so we feel incredibly well-placed to build on these requirements.”
Speyside’s client wins over the last year include Alibaba, Astellas, Bayer Crop Science, BG Group, BlackRock, Bridgestone, Facebook, Fedex, GoDaddy, Latin American Consumer Health Association, Latin American Internet Association, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Shire, Syngenta and Thyssen Krupp. This is further to existing flagship clients including BlackBerry, South West Airlines, Kinross Gold Corporation and Visa.
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