LONDON—Jim Donaldson is leaving Weber Shandwick to take on leadership of FleishmanHillard's offices in London and the Middle East.

Donaldson, who spent almost four years as corporate practice EVP at Weber Shandwick, joins Fleishman after the departure of UK MD Richard Kanareck.

He takes on a newly-created position as senior partner and regional director, becoming MD of Fleishman UK and overseing its Middle East operations. Donaldson will report to Fleishman EMEA president John Saunders.

“Jim’s addition to our senior leadership team underlines our commitment to build on FleishmanHillard’s strengths and expertise in EMEA," said FleishmanHillard global CEO Dave Senay. "Our UK and Middle East operations are integral to our success in the region and Jim’s exceptional track record as a senior communications advisor and agency leader will help us deliver on our ambitious growth plans.”

Meanwhile, Weber Shandwick has responded to Donaldson's departure by making two promotions in its corporate team.

Joe Phelan, a senior public affairs and international communications executive in London, is promoted to EVP  and MD of international corporate communications, leading a London-based team working with clients across MENA, Africa and the firm's global network.

In addition, Greg Prager, a client leader in Weber Shandwick's Geneva team, is promoted to chair of the firm's EMEA corporate practice, overseeing the development of best practice, talent, new business and corporate brand solutions for clients.

Both will report to UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne, while Prager will also partner with US-based global corporate practice chair Micho Spring.

"This timely restructure seizes an opportunity to see corporate practice development, and our growing international and emerging market corporate communications business, acquire senior leaders in their own right," said Byrne. "This reflects the growth and importance of both areas to our clients and our firm."