NEW YORK, NY — The Arthur W. Page Society announced today that Björn Edlund has been named Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). The Page Society is the premier professional association for senior corporate communications executives.
Edlund will be responsible for expanding the global presence and visibility of the Page Society as well as recruiting new members from throughout the EMEA region. He previously served as Chief Communications Officer (CCO) with Royal Dutch Shell, ABB and Sandoz/Novartis, and until recently was Edelman's Chairman of Europe and CIS. He was granted membership in the Page Society in 2007.
“All those who lead communications in global enterprises are confronting similar challenges in a business environment that is evolving at warp speed. The Page Society serves as a venue through which we may share experience and knowledge with one another, making us all better and consequently strengthening our profession," Edlund said. “With enterprises becoming increasingly global, it is of even greater importance that Page draw in international perspectives and expand its network of members. I am privileged to be the Page Society's advocate in EMEA and am excited to continue growing its global membership."
Roger Bolton, president of the Page Society, said, “Björn personifies the vision of the Page Society as a CCO who has led corporate culture transformations and built lasting stakeholder relationships aimed at building and deepening trust in an enterprise. No one understands the complexities of the challenges facing global enterprises better than Björn, who is truly a global citizen, fluent in many languages and cultures. He's also a world-class blues harp player!"
Sandra Macleod, chief executive officer of Mindful Reputation and co-lead of the Page Society's globalization efforts, said, “As a group that aims to help CCOs at enterprises around the world be more effective leaders, the Page Society is blessed to have an individual of Björn's stature and experience serve as our emissary. I am very excited to work together with him toward bringing the unique value of Page to a broader base of members throughout the EMEA region."
Edlund is a trustee on the board of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, a visiting fellow at Henley Business School and since early this year a part-time senior advisor with Kreab, a public affairs, corporate communications and financial communications agency. He received the Alexander Hamilton Medal from the Institute of Public Relations in 2013 and was awarded an EMEA SABRE prize from The Holmes Report in 2009.
About the Arthur W. Page Society Members of the Page Society include the chief communications officers of FORTUNE Global 500 companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies; the CEOs of public relations firms that advise major corporations; and educators who teach corporate communications at leading business and communications schools. With over 570 members in 18 countries, the Page Society enables members to develop professional relationships with the most knowledgeable, influential and innovative global leaders in enterprise communications. Members also participate in producing thought leadership that is shaping the understanding of the value and role of corporate communications, and are able to take advantage of professional development opportunities for their staff. The Page Society is dedicated to strengthening the enterprise leadership role of chief communications officers. For more information please visit: www.awpagesociety.com.
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