Alan VanderMolen is responsible for Daniel J. Edelman Holdings diversified businesses including experiential marketing firm, Matter, and Edelman’s award-winning sister agency, Zeno.
Alan also manages Edelman’s global practices (Consumer Marketing, Corporate, Health, Technology, Digital, Public Affairs, Business + Social Purpose and Crisis) and its intellectual capital, anchored by the Edelman Trust Barometer.
From 2002 to 2009, Alan served as President of Edelman Asia Pacific. While in that role, he more than quadrupled the firm's business and drove market entry into Japan, India and Indonesia. Alan also managed the firm’s acquisition of Pegasus Communications, Edelman's sister firm in China. He initiated the development of significant proprietary intellectual capital in the areas of Stakeholder Relations, Corporate Trust, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Media. Alan has worked extensively with clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, SAP, HP and The Ohio State University.
Alan’s strong personal belief in Corporate Social Responsibility influenced the initiation of Edelman’s pro bono work in support of tsunami relief for Save the Children, as well as the firm’s regional commitment to water access and stewardship with the Planet Water Foundation.
Currently based in Chicago, Alan has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Washington D.C., New York, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Warsaw, and Brussels throughout his 20-year career. He was recognized as PR WEEK’S Asia-Pacific PR Professional of the Year in 2005.
Alan has been a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University, the National University of Singapore MBA program, Baptist University of Hong Kong and China’s Renmin University. He appears regularly on CNN, Bloomberg and CNBC as a commentator on issues related to corporate trust.
Alan sits on the boards of the Planet Water Foundation, the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, and the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University. He is also a member of the curriculum advisory board of Hong Kong Baptist University.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is an avid baseball fan and collector of vintage baseball memorabilia.