Head of Communication and Engagement, Philip Morris
Erdem Koch is the head of Philip Morris International’s communications team in Australia. Erdem studied Law and Journalism at La Trobe University, and began his career as a news reporter with SBS in Melbourne. He then returned to La Trobe to embark on a Ph.D.
Erdem went to work as a freelance journalist in Turkey from 2014-2016, where he covered the country’s worst terrorist attacks and attempted military coup. On his return to Australia, he worked for the ABC’s Insiders program, where he became the show’s executive producer.
In 2018, he joined Philip Morris International for his strong passion to affect change from within, as the company transitions to a future without cigarettes. Erdem will shortly head to Malaysia to head up PMI’s regulatory strategy team.