d’Abo sis­ters leave edel­man

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Lucy and Camilla d’Abo have left the agency they founded 13 years ago as new man­age­ment is brought in.

Camilla and Lucy d’Abo, the founders of Edel­man Dabo, and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of brand Jason Leavy are to leave “to pur­sue new op­por­tu­ni­ties”.

The move comes less than three months after the agency laid off about 20 mem­bers of its team.

On Thurs­day, Edel­man an­nounced the ap­point­ments of Jason Gal­lucci as Leavy’s re­place­ment and Alex Apthorpe as di­rec­tor of brand ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ative for Edel­man UAE. Leavy had been with the 13-year-old agency for seven years.

Edel­man ac­quired Dabo & Co’s public re­la­tions and ex­pe­ri­en­tial busi­nesses al­most two years ago in a deal that made the com­bined firm the largest in the UAE.

“The last two years have seen the suc­cess­ful in­te­gra­tion of the two firms in the face of tough trad­ing con­di­tions and we would like to thank Camilla and Lucy for all they have done for us in that time. Their cul­tural and busi­ness lead­er­ship has been ex­cep­tional over this pe­riod, which is re­flected in their amaz­ing team and deep client re­la­tion­ships. We wish them the very best in their next en­deav­ours,” said Bob Grove, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Edel­man Asia Pa­cific Mid­dle East & Africa.

“We leave a com­bined busi­ness that offers the very best in­te­grated brand ser­vice in the mar­ket. Our teams and clients are in great hands. This is not a de­ci­sion we have come to eas­ily, but we both feel that now our com­mit­ment to Edel­man is com­plete it is time we ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Camilla d’Abo.

Gal­lucci joins from Lon­don, where he held man­ag­ing di­rec­tor roles at H+K Con­sumer, Pi­ranha Kid and Slice, as well as be­ing CEO of Lexis. He will over­see the Edel­man Dabo team of 80, in­clud­ing PR, paid me­dia, ex­pe­ri­en­tial, dig­i­tal and cre­ative.

Althorpe will run the Edel­man Dabo ex­pe­ri­en­tial team, re­port­ing to Gal­lucci. He was pre­vi­ously re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Jack Mor­ton.

In Fe­bru­ary, the agency axed 20 mem­bers of staff. At the time, Edel­man CEO Tod Don­hauser told

Cam­paign: “In re­sponse to the chang­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions land­scape, we are proac­tively trans­form­ing our busi­ness to drive in­creased ef­fi­cien­cies and ef­fec­tive­ness for our clients.”

Founders: Lucy (left) and Camilla d’Abo formed Dabo & Co in 2004

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