Edward Walsh joined APCO Worldwide in 2006. He is managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Europe region. As well as day-to-day management of the Europe business, Mr. Walsh leads some of APCO’s largest multi-office client accounts and is actively involved in business development and operational management in the region.
Mr. Walsh specializes in corporate communication and has extensive experience in integrated campaigns spanning internal and external audiences in the consumer goods, energy, information technology and health care sectors.
Mr. Walsh spent ten years in various senior corporate communication positions at IBM, ranging from managing internal and executive communication in EMEA to leading the change and corporate communication work for the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwCC) in Europe following its acquisition by IBM in 2002. In his last role prior to joining APCO, he was director of corporate communications for IBM France and Northwest Africa and a member of IBM France’s executive management team.
As part of a sabbatical from IBM in 2000-2001, Mr. Walsh led marketing and communication for Mandrakesoft (now Mandriva), a Paris-based open-source software and services company. He managed the communication workstream for the company’s initial public offering on the Paris Euronext secondary markets stock exchange, having played a key part in the development of the business plan and securing participation from institutional investors.
In his early career, Mr. Walsh worked as a parliamentary assistant at the House of Commons and for a leading public affairs consultancy in London and Brussels, servicing clients across a range of industries in areas spanning audiovisual, consumer and environmental affairs to market liberalization in the energy sector. He began his career as a marketing and production assistant in the television industry.
Mr. Walsh has dual British and French nationalities, holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in European integration, politics and government, and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), having majored in international relations.