Mark Hass- President of Edelman, China

Edelman is one of the leading independent global PR firms who pride themselves in pioneer thinking. They currently have over 3,600 employees spread throughout 53 offices worldwide. In 2009, the Holmes Report named Edelman as the 2009 Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year. On January 8, 2010, Edelman appointed Mr. Hass as the President of Edelman China.

On February 1, 2010, Mark Hass officially joined the Edelman team in China. Mr. Hass joined the team with over three decades of experience in the field of communications. He has extensive global, corporate, digital and entrepreneur experience Prior to being appointed by Edelman, Mr. Hass kept busy as he put his expertise to practice in the foundation of MH Group Communications. He was the founding partner and CEO of this New York based company whose specialty was corporate communications and social media.  Since joining Edelman, MH Group Communications has been merged into Edelman’s Digital Practice.

Before he founded MH Group, Mr. Hass was the CEO of MS&L Worldwide. He joined MS&L Worldwide in 2002, when his prior firm, Hass Associates, was acquired. Within three years, he moved himself up the ladder and in 2005 was named CEO of MS&L Worldwide. During his time at MS&L, he helped the company’s revenue grow by 43% and helped add 25 offices in the U.S., China, Japan, France, and India.

He graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo and before entering the field of Public Relations, Mr. Hass served as the assistant city editor for the Miami Herald. In 1986, he left the Miami Herald and joined the team at the Detroit News. After 9 years of serving as the Assistant Managing Editor, he decided to take on the new venture of creating his own business, Hass Associates.

Mark Hass is currently based in the Beijing office and reports to Alan Vandermolen, President, of Edelman, Asia Pacific. Mr. Hass is responsible for overseeing two brands: Edelman and Pegasus and a total of 165 employees. He works closely with Kevin Wang, managing director in Beijing, Tony Tao, managing director in Shanghai, and Onie Chu, the general manager of the Guangzhou office.

With his strong background in social media, it is no surprise that he has a strong online presence. He spends his time, writing in his personal blog, Dispatches from China, and is constantly tweeting on his Twitter page.

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