Portland, London’s fastest-growing independent communications consultancy, is strengthening its corporate offer with two new senior hires to its communications practice.
Adrian Warr, former Associate Board Director at Freud Communications, and Caroline Edgar, previously an Account Director in Cohn & Wolfe’s corporate division, both join Portland this month.
Portland rose from #30 to #7 in PR Week’s top 50 independent PR consultancies last year. Two new senior hires will bolster Portland’s 12-strong communications team as it continues to enjoy a period of rapid expansion, with clients including Coca-Cola GB, Google and AB InBev.
Adrian and Caroline have extensive experience leading communications for iconic brands. At Freud, Adrian led a corporate communications team of eleven covering a wide range of brands including Mars Inc and KFC. Caroline was responsible for directing an integrated corporate communications and public affairs campaign for global company Ferrero UK, as well as working for Starbucks and Speedo.
Both Adrian and Caroline will report to Partner Martin Sheehan. Adrian will start as Associate Partner and Caroline as Account Director.
Tim Allan, Founder and Managing Director, Portland said:
“Portland has enjoyed rapid growth over the past decade, with our corporate communications division seeing some fantastic wins. Adrian and Caroline both have fantastic brand experience and will be great assets to the team. They couldn’t have joined at a better time.”
“I am really excited to be joining Portland. I have watched the agency grow over the past few years and believe it has exceptional potential. Its client list includes some of the biggest and most successful names in the business. What’s more, its growth shows no sign of slowing. With extensive experience of managing big brands at an international level, I aim to drive Portland’s on-going expansion.”
“The opportunity to work on some of the world’s most admired brands was too good an offer to pass up. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of starting in a new team, but equally to working with a group at the top of their game and with great experience.”
Martin Sheehan, Partner, Portland said:
“I am thrilled to welcome Adrian and Caroline to the team. Our communications practice has grown rapidly and they will strengthen our offer of distinctive, high-quality advice to global brands.”