Alan VanderMolen has been named to the newly created role of president and CEO of global practices and diversified insights businesses at Edelman, the world's largest independent public relations firm. He will be based in Chicago. VanderMolen has been president of Edelman Asia-Pacific since 2002. VanderMolen will lead the development of Edelman's global practices (Consumer, Corporate, Health, Public Affairs, Crisis, Technology, Sustainability and Employee Engagement), specialty research firm (StrategyOne) and consulting businesses (including First & 42nd). He will also oversee the development of the firms intellectual property, including the Edelman Trust Barometer, Goodpurpose and Health Engagement. VanderMolen, is based in Hong Kong, is from Ohio and has worked in Washington D.C., New York, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Warsaw and Brussels in the last 20 years. Edleman also announced that David Brain will head Edelman Asia-Pacific. He has been president and CEO of Edelman Europe, Middle East and Africa. Both moves take effect Jan. 1.