Maja Pawinska Sims 09 Jul 2018 // 2:49PM GMT
RIYADH — FleishmanHillard has adjusted its structure in the Middle East, making two redundancies in its Riyadh office including general manager Cameron Walker.
It is understood that Walker, who joined the firm in 2016 from Weber Shandwick’s Riyadh office, will be leaving the agency this month, along with another more junior team member. It is thought that the aim of the restructuring is to make the operation more efficient and cut costs.
UK and Middle East CEO Jim Donaldson said the Riyadh office remained open for business: “Our committed teams – including those in Riyadh – are continuing to service our clients in the Middle East with the great professionalism they have always shown.”
The agency also issued a statement saying: “FleishmanHillard wants to clarify that we are not closing our operation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As any commercial operation, we have adjusted our structure in Saudi Arabia to reflect the business environment to ensure that we continue to service our local and international clients to the high standard they deserve, as well as remaining balanced for further opportunities that will invariably arise in the future.”
The statement continued: “We remain committed to the Middle East and continue to have a physical presence with offices in Riyadh and Dubai serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates local markets as well as our client relationships across the Gulf Corporation Council countries and the clients we serve globally.”
FleishmanHillard has more than 25 employees across its Dubai and Riyadh offices, and looks after a range of local and international clients in the region.
Edelman has also recently undergone a restructuring in the region, making 14 redundancies and appointing new Middle East CEO Omar Qirem.