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Edward Walsh

Ed WalshSenior Vice President, Global Integrated Communications & Events, Royal Philips

Edward Walsh joined Royal Philips, a global leaders in health technology headquartered in Amsterdam, as Senior Vice President of global integrated communications in September, 2014, a newly created position spanning external communications, including crisis communications, media relations, financial PR and industry analyst relations, as well as employee and executive communications. His remit has since expanded to include global events and public affairs.

Between 2010 and 2014, Ed was managing director of APCO Worldwide in Europe, a leading independent communications consultancy, where he ran the P&L for the region and led some of APCO’s largest multi-office client accounts. He had joined APCO as regional director and managing director of the London office in 2007.  Prior to this, Ed spent ten years in various senior corporate communications positions at IBM in Europe Middle East Africa.  He started as a speechwriter for the EMEA general manager, and went on to become head of internal and executive communications, director of communications for IBM Business Consulting Services, the company’s management consulting arm born out of the acquisitions of PriceWaterhouse Coopers Consulting (PwCC) and director of communications for France North Africa, during a major reorganization and restructuring initiative in the region.   During an eighteen month sabbatical from IBM, Ed headed communications and marketing for a French Linux software dot com start-up where he managed the communications for its successful IPO on the Paris Euronext secondary market.  He began his career at the House of Commons in London, after which he worked for four years as a Public Affairs consultant in Brussels

Ed holds dual British and French nationalities and graduated with honors in Politics & Government and International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.  He is a member of the Arthur Page Society.  He and his wife Stefania have two children,