Sconaid McGeachin Appointed Regional President and CEO of Hill+Knowlton
Strategies India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey
NEW YORK -- November 05, 2012
Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced today that Sconaid McGeachin, Chief
Operating Officer of H+K Middle East and Turkey, will become Regional
President and Chief Executive Officer for the firm’s India, Middle East,
Africa and Turkey operations. McGeachin will continue to be based in Dubai and
report directly to Jack Martin, global chairman and CEO of H+K Strategies.
McGeachin formally assumes the role of Regional President and CEO following
the sad passing of Dave Robinson, former Regional President and CEO of H+K for
Australia, Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia, in late September.
While McGeachin will take on Robinson’s roles in India, Middle East, Africa
and Turkey, Sue Cook will continue to lead Australia as Managing Director.
As COO of H+K Middle East and Turkey for the last four years, McGeachin
oversaw the operations across Turkey and the eight H+K offices in the Middle
East network. In addition to her corporate leadership responsibilities, she
also served as a senior client leader on multiple accounts, including dnata,
Intel, Dubai World Trade Centre, Etihad Rail, GAFI and Mubadala Aerospace.
“Sconaid is one of our most trusted and respected colleagues within the H+K
global network and I am extremely confident in her abilities to lead this
far-reaching region,” said Martin. “She worked closely with Dave for many
years and has extensive experience managing integrated corporate
communications campaigns including devising cross border corporate reputation
programs. Sconaid provides unrivaled senior counsel on internal communications
and change management, and on issues and crisis management, which positions
her to continue our growth in India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey.”
McGeachin has spent more than 20 years working in international
communications, beginning her career by implementing specialist marketing
communications in the defense sector for Avon Rubber plc. McGeachin then
worked for a regional UK PR consultancy before joining Mmd. During her 18
years there, she headed up the IT practice in London before moving to set up
an office in Russia. McGeachin became general manager in Poland and then
regional director for Mmd’s South East Europe operations overseeing all of
South East Europe before Mmd’s sale to the Huntsworth Group plc.
“It is a tremendous privilege to have been appointed Dave’s successor,” said
McGeachin. “Having collaborated so closely with Dave over the last few years,
I will endeavour to continue his vision to mentor and develop our teams,
increase professionalism and successfully grow our operations in these
Sconaid is currently Chair of the Middle East PR Association (MEPRA).
Allison Cohen, 212-885-0505
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