David Brain, one of the more high-profile architects of Edelman’s expansion over the past decade into the world’s biggest PR firm, is departing the agency, the Holmes Report can reveal.

Brain, who has served as CEO of the firm’s operations across Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (APACMEA) since 2012, steps down in May. He joined Edelman in 2004 to oversee Europe, relocating to New Zealand seven years later to lead Asia-Pacific, before adding the Middle East and Africa to his remit.

Source: David Brain Quits Edelman After 13 Years

The WPP-owned media agency holding group, which controls more than $2bn of advertising spend, has been without a leader since the retirement of stalwart John Steedman in the middle of the year. In a statement Lollback said: “It is a great honour to lead GroupM in Australia, particularly at a time of acute transformation in our industry. We have seen enormous change over the past five years, and the next five will be incomparable. GroupM Australia’s diverse and unrivalled talent, from top to bottom across the business, places it in a formidable position for the future.”

Source: McDonald’s chief marketing officer Mark Lollback named CEO of GroupM – mUmBRELLA

Online property website REA Group has hired senior MCN executive Elizabeth Minogue to be its new executive general manager for media and property related services.The move brings to an end Minogue’s 12-year stint with MCN, where she is currently director for integration and content partnerships with clients including Foxtel, Discovery, the BBC, Sky News and Turner.

Source: Elizabeth Minogue ends 12 years at MCN taking new role as executive general manager of REA – mUmBRELLA