Michelle Hutton – CEO Australia
Michelle Hutton is Edelman Australia’s Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Edelman, Michelle was the Chief Executive, Australasia of Hill & Knowlton. She also led the brand marketing communication practice for the company across Asia Pacific.
She has had a distinguished 15 year career at Hill & Knowlton, which culminated in the Australian office being named PR Week’s Public Relations Agency of the Year for Asia-Pacific in 2007. Under Michelle’s leadership, Hill & Knowlton had tripled in size in Australia, becoming one of the country’s leading public relations firms.
During her 20 years in the marketing and public relations industry, Michelle has worked with many leading brands, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, Canon, Sony Ericsson, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg, Ford and Unilever. She is also a Governor of AmCham and sits on the NSW State Advisory Council for CEDA.
Alexandra Kelly – GM Sydney
Alexandra is General Manager of Edelman’s Sydney office. She has more than 13 years experience as a communications strategist for some of the world’s leading brands and corporations.
Formerly Senior Vice President & Head of Client Services at Weber Shandwick Australia, Alex guided strategy for both b2b and b2c communications across an array of companies including Olympus Imaging Australia; Nestle Cereal Partners; Nestle confectionary & corporate; CSR Australia, Singapore Airlines; Unilever; Sanofi-Aventis; and Johnson & Johnson Pacific.
Alex’s areas of speciality include: brand communications, community relations campaign development, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder communications, product recall strategy and issues management.
Under her stewardship, Weber Shandwick’s consumer marketing team based out of Sydney had become the fastest growing practice group in the APAC region, as well as one of the most recognised externally. In 2008/9 alone, the consumer team won an unprecedented 5 awards at national and international level.