Knowledge Accelerator: Lisa Kimmel, General Manager, Edelman, world’s largest PR firm

Forging new innovation in a creative workplace Lisa Kimmel, PEO member, chosen for her own track record of success and innovation, is the latest PEO member to be featured in the Knowledge Accelerator.  Her own story is remarkable: How do you take a communications agency that’s already known for its creativity – and make it Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 1

Early years: An entrepreneur’s daughter with high ambitions Lisa Kimmel grew up in Ottawa in an entrepreneurial family. Her dad, Arnold Kimmel, right out of school, opened his first convenience store the year Lisa was born, and today employs more than 300 people with a strong presence in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. “My father Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 2

Entering agency life Lisa started out initially at a small Canadian Ad agency called Griffin Bacal Volny, which was subsequently acquired by DDB. She reflects it was an excellent training ground. There was the VP of PR and Lisa, as an entry-level PR person, she was exposed to advertising and other critical elements of the Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 3

Discovering Edelman The particular person who interviewed Lisa at the other firm came over to lead, and essentially rebuild, Edelman’s consumer practice. Interestingly, Edelman was consumer PR’s pioneer and originator but that wasn’t the case in Canada at that time. He asked her to help build a consumer practice, appealing to her entrepreneurial spirit – Read More

Lisa Kimmel | Part 1 – Career Path, Blog 4

Becoming Edelman’s first Toronto general manager Lisa became Edelman Toronto’s general manager in 2009. Previously, the position didn’t exist in her office.  The CEO for Canada oversaw the Toronto office until that time. As the office grew, there was a realization that to continue to grow, it needed someone specifically focused on that branch of Read More