Edward Walsh joined Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology headquartered in Amsterdam, as Senior Vice President of global integrated communications and events in September, 2014, a newly created position at a time of unprecedented change, as the company accelerated its transformation from a diversified industrial conglomerate into a focused health technology company, having floated its historical multi-billion euro lighting business onto the Amsterdam stock exchange in 2016 and acquired seventeen companies along the way.
Ed’s remit spans external communications, including crisis communications, media relations, financial PR and industry analyst relations, as well as employee and executive communications, 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, based in Paris and London. He started as a speechwriter for the EMEA general manager, and went on to become head of internal and executive communications, and director of communications for IBM Business Consulting Services, the company’s management consulting arm born out of the acquisitions of PriceWaterhouse Coopers Consulting (PwCC). In his last role at IBM as director of communications France North Africa, he managed communications around 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 led 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 in a leading public affairs consultancy in Brussels.
Ed holds dual British and French nationalities and graduated in Politics & Government and International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. He and his wife Stefania have two children.