The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, has announced that John Donnelly, chief executive for Marketing Edinburgh, has joined its Council.
Donnelly has also been commercial director of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and spent 20 years managing marketing agencies in London and Edinburgh, including Euro RSCG KLP, The Marketing Store Worldwide and bd ntwk. He was also a board director at the 500+ strong Iris, with billings of US$150m.
Economic impact studies show that in 2015, Marketing Edinburgh delivered a return on investment of 133.5%, £95m from business tourism, £6.6m from Film Edinburgh, £25m from campaigns.
Scott Black, president of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “Under John’s leadership Marketing Edinburgh has really made a significant impact for Edinburgh, particularly in international markets. I’m delighted that he has agreed to join the Council and strengthening an already close working relationship.”
Donnelly said he was “delighted” to be joining the Chamber’s Council, noting a great synergy between the organisations. “Marketing Edinburgh promotes the city as one of the best places in the world to live, work, invest, study and visit, while the Chamber supports and nurtures local businesses, giving them the practical tools and advice to succeed and grow.
“Across the city, there is a sense at the moment that its organisations, businesses and the public sector are increasingly working together, genuinely collaborating and aligning themselves to common goals. The launch of the ‘2050 Edinburgh City Vision’ consultation last week, for example, is an incredible and unique opportunity for businesses, and residents, to help shape the future of our city. It’s a very exciting time for Edinburgh.”
Celebrating its 230th anniversary in 2016, the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce represents over 1,000 local businesses.