Emerging markets veterans re-unite as Stephen Lock joins Speyside from EdelmanRenowned international corporate and public affairs expert, Stephen Lock, joins Speyside Corporate Relations to head the emerging markets consultancy's fast-growing Brazil business. A specialist in corporate affairs and public policy, with offices across South and Central America, Speyside was founded by Alistair McLeish and Ian Herbison in 2008.
Lock, latterly Edelman´s Head of Public Affairs, Southeast Asia and Indonesia country manager, brings uniquely valuable insights to the Speyside team having worked extensively on major cross-border M&A and IPO mandates, international litigation and crisis PR, and complex free trade issues. Brazil will be the fifth emerging market in which he has lived.
Lock will work alongside other recent high profile appointments joining Speyside including Jana Nelson, former senior U.S. State Department Officer, as Country Manager for Mexico; and David Ross, latterly from MHP Communications, as Country Manager for Colombia.
The last 12 months has also seen strong growth in Speyside's local teams, with highly experienced former local journalists, government advisors, NGO practitioners and corporate affairs executives bringing strong local knowledge, contacts and understanding in each local office.
Speyside now has seven organically built, fully owned regional offices across Latin America with work delivered in a total of 20 territories. Speyside is also working for clients in the in two additional emerging market regions it services - Central & Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speyside's client wins over the last year include Alibaba, Astellas, Bayer, BG Group, BlackRock, Bridgestone, Facebook, FedEx, GoDaddy, Latin American Consumer Health Association, Latin American Internet Association, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Shire, Syngenta and ThyssenKrupp. This is further to existing flagship clients including BlackBerry, Amgen, Southwest Airlines, Kinross Gold Corporation and Visa.
Herbison and Lock were both members of the highly successful management team Alistair McLeish assembled to create Mmd, a corporate affairs business across Central & Eastern Europe and what was - at the time of its sale in 2005 - the leading global emerging markets consultancy in the world. Speyside's International Senior Vice President, Fiona McCollum, was also a former Mmd colleague.
Herbison, CEO of Speyside Corporate Relations, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be working with Stephen again - he is an outstanding consultant, excellent team builder and an inspiring colleague. I have no doubt he will be a significant asset to Speyside at this stage of our growth. We now have an incredibly powerful team; many of us have worked together for nearly two decades, whilst we have some truly outstanding colleagues who have come on board since we began Speyside. This can only further help our rapid growth both in Latin America, and as we strengthen our local teams and presence in other emerging markets."
Lock says: "The growth of Speyside so far has been astonishing. I can't wait to get back to working with familiar former colleagues and some exciting new ones. We know what our global clients demand and, in the last fifteen years of living in emerging markets, I see a number of unifying themes that worry them: economic nationalism; legal certainty for large-scale foreign investment; and a parallel move towards deep, regional free trade agreements and away from a global level playing field in trade. These are complex issues that require thoughtful solutions."
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