CNN's former emerging markets editor John Defterios has joined communications consulting company Apco Worldwide as a senior adviser, bringing more than three decades of journalistic experience in energy and geopolitics.
Mr Defterios until recently covered business and policy for the US news network, dividing his time between the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi and London covering news in Europe and the wider Middle East.
He will continue to be based in the UK capital and travel between both regions to support Apco in developing branded content for global media platforms.
“John is highly sought after at high-level meetings, as both a speaker and a moderator, by global leaders looking for his insight and perspective on pressing issues, founded on decades of experience being on the front line covering world-shaking events,” said Apco Worldwide chief executive Brad Staples.
“With deep knowledge of critical issues impacting emerging markets, including climate change, healthcare, energy and sustainable development, John’s insight will surely be highly sought after by clients, as well as by Apco colleagues around the world," he added.
Mr Defterios has been a fixture on the Abu Dhabi media scene since 2011 and has covered several high-profile regional and global events from the UAE.
"This is an ideal match with a core group of like-minded leaders at Apco," Mr Defterios said of his appointment.