PR veteran and Ruder Finn chairman Jean-Michel Dumont to leave Asia after 30 years

One of Asia’s most prominent public relations leaders is to leave the region after 30 years to start a new role with Ruder Finn in Europe.

Jean-Michel Dumont, who has acted as chairman of Ruder Finn for the past eight years, will change roles to the agency’s head of international strategy.

Upon his “promotion”, Dumont will relocate to an as-of-yet undecided European country, marking the end of his 31-year tenure in Asia.

He said: “It has been a great pleasure working closely with the team in Ruder Finn Asia for the past 17 years to build what I believe is now one of the strongest in the market.

“We have created an incredibly seamless and collaborative network and in my new role, I expect to tap into our global areas of excellence across offices to expand our global portfolio, connect all teams and offices and continue building our network.”

“Both Jean-Michel and Elan are two of our most talented leaders at Ruder Finn,” said Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn CEO. “With their new roles, they will be able to take their leadership talent, business growth success and partnership development to benefit the broader agency across global offices.”

Dumont first moved to Beijing from Paris in 1986 to open the office of pioneering agency Interasia Public Relations. Interasia was bought by Edelman in 1992, at which point Dumont acted as the agency’s Shanghai general manager for the next seven years.

He joined Ruder Finn in 2001 as managing director of China as the US agency began to expand its presence in Asia. He was promoted to chairman in 2008.

Dumont, who was listed in the PRWeek Global Power Book 2017 as one of the most influential PR professionals in the world, is credited for building the company’s three offices in India and one in Malaysia, plus creating a conflict agency, RF Thunder, and its digital division, RFI.

Ahead of his departure, Elan Shou will be promoted from managing director of Ruder Finn Greater China to regional director of Asia, and will continue to be based in Shanghai.

Shou first joined Ruder Finn as general manager in 2001, but left in 2008 to lead rival firm FleishmannHillard for nearly two years. She then rejoined Ruder Finn in 2010 as managing director, the same year Dumont relocated from Shanghai to Singapore.

According to the agency, Shou “followed the growth of the Chinese market by continuing to build on Ruder Finn’s strength in luxury and branding, as well as expertise in integrated marketing communications”.


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