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Sunday 18 August 2019

Irishman John Saunders appointed president and CEO to top global communications firm FleishmanHillard

Johan Saunders CEO and Preisdent of FleishmanHillard
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An Irishman has been appointed president and chief executive officer of top global communications firm FleishmanHillard.

It was announced this evening that John Saunders (57), who is originally from Dublin, will succeed Dave Senay as FleishmanHillard's president and chief executive officer.

The announcement was made by Dale Adams, chairman and CEO of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of FleishmanHillard's parent company, Omnicom Group.

Mr Saunders began his new duties today.

Before the promotion, the Dubliner was FleishmanHillard's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He will now be based in St Louis, where the agency is headquartered.

In 1990, he and Fleishman Hillard founded Fleishman Hillard Saunders in Dublin, which became one of the global firm's most successful offices.

Prior to his career with the firm, he was a staff journalist with RTE.

Mr Saunders was appointed to the job following a year-long leadership evaluation in which he "stood out in many respects," Dale Adams said.

“He is a proven leader with a global perspective. He is a consummate public relations professional. He has helped grow and develop people and offices and a region during challenging times. He is an inspiring communicator and a natural collaborator and relationship-builder," Mr Adams added.

John Saunders said he was "honoured and humbled by this new responsibility and the faith shown in me by FleishmanHIllard and Omnicom".

Mr Saunders' predecessor Dave Senay (60) steps down this month after 32 years with the company, and more than nine years as president and chief executive officer.  He will remain with the company as a consultant and will be involved in the leadership transition process.

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