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APCO Worldwide Italy MD Paolo Compostella Named Europe Region President

June 30, 2021

New Chief Innovation Officer, Europe COO and Managing Director, London Also Named

London – June 30, 2021: Paolo Compostella, managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Italy offices and 15-year veteran at the firm, was named president, Europe, APCO’s CEO Brad Staples announced today.

“Paolo is a proven leader with an impressive record delivering sustained growth throughout his career at APCO. He has an eye for connecting with the right talent regardless of their location and providing clients with high quality, strategic guidance,” Staples said. “He has the right global and pan-European business approach, coupled with exciting ideas to continue our impressive regional growth.”

Compostella joined APCO in 2006 and has worked in a variety of roles in Brussels, London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. He will bring his global experience, deep understanding of client needs, team spirit and entrepreneurial drive to this new regional challenge. In the immediate future, Compostella will continue to lead APCO’s Italian operations as he takes on his new responsibilities.

“As markets are beginning to emerge from COVID-19, and are showing signs of a strengthening economic recovery, we have a new and important role in supporting clients,” Compostella said. “I am excited to lead the European team at this time and to grow our talent and services in the region.”

As part of its regional leadership realignment, APCO announced today that Robert Ardelt, managing director, Germany was named chief innovation officer, a newly created global role for APCO. In this position Ardelt will ensure that APCO remains at the forefront of innovative thinking, maximizing cutting edge industry capabilities across emerging sectors and trends. For more than 10 years, Ardelt built APCO’s German market presence and expanded APCO’s technology and crisis work, providing clients with the latest strategic insights and counsel while developing high-quality teams across the country. “Robert’s proven bold and creative approach will be harnessed to the benefit of our clients and the entire company in this exciting new position for APCO,” Staples said.

Europe Finance Director Janet Sippy was appointed as APCO’s first Europe chief operating officer. Sippy will utilize her extensive experience delivering higher performance in professional services businesses to work with APCO’s Europe leadership team to drive the region forward and deliver top-quality service for clients.

Roi Feder was appointed as managing director, London—a position he has held on an interim basis since 2020. Feder has been with APCO for 16 years, managing APCO’s Tel Aviv and London operations.

“I am pleased to recognize Paolo, Robert, Janet and Roi for their commitment to building APCO, with these promotions to business-critical leadership roles—continuing our commitment to building careers within the organization,” Staples said. “These changes illustrate the strength and depth of our talented generation of leaders in Europe and come at a time when the region is emerging into a post COVID-19 economy, increasingly defined by innovation and fresh thinking. I look forward to seeing them take our business into an exciting future.”

For more than 37 years, APCO has been a trusted advisor and partner to private, public and nonprofit clients as they try to identify and manage new and emerging issues, challenges and opportunities around the world. Established by Margery Kraus as a single-person operation in 1984, APCO has grown to a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy with offices in more than 30 markets and experience working in more than 80 markets globally, providing in-depth advice, perceptive guidance and creative approaches for its clients.

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