Richard Edelman just returned from ten days in Brazil visiting our office in São Paulo and a number of Olympic events in Rio de Janeiro, which is a magnificent setting for the Summer Games.
Today Rio will lift the curtain on the Summer Olympic Games. In the backdrop of the grandeur will lie collective judgement—both on the games itself and Brazil’s economic future.
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Have you ever felt like Simba in The Lion King? Well today I do. I am sitting in my late father’s office in Chicago, surrounded by memorabilia. We have turned it in to a museum, replete with mannequins displaying his U.S. Army uniform and his classic double breasted suit.
What is the future of the creative agency now that media, production, digital and content creation are all being stripped away? What’s left is creative and strategy, along with the account executives who manage client relationships.
Beth Comstock was named a vice chair of GE yesterday, responsible for Business Innovation. She will also continue to oversee GE Lighting, GE Ventures and Licensing, corporate marketing, sales and communications.
The stock market reversal in China has led many to question the stated GDP growth rate of 7 percent and the strategy of moving from an investment-based economy toward a more consumption based model.
Richard Edelman was in Seoul for the past three days. While there, he made his first pilgrimage to the Samsung Innovation Museum.
I attended the wedding of my colleague Gail Becker and her husband Stuart Smith in the hills of Malibu, California on Saturday night. Several Edelman people, past and present, were part of the celebration, including Matt Harrington, Amy Kavanaugh, Mitch Markson, Renee Edelman and Shoreen Magame.
Richard Edelman met with Thomas Heatherwick, urban visionary and architect, whose work is transforming London, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and soon, New York City.
I attended the Milan Expo last Monday, visiting three pavilions (Japan, Italy and the U.S.). The Expo is expected to draw 20 million visitors in the course of the coming six months, nearly half of them from China.
The United States Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality is a profound turn in the American culture wars. We have implemented Edelman Equal as a means of pushing forward with a diverse and empowered employee base.
I have concluded that Cannes is a perfect pair with Davos for Edelman and others in our sector. I come home more convinced than ever that PR firms can compete for the lead creative idea, for community activation and for continuous storytelling.