Matthew Harrington oversees Edelman’s five regions; human resources; legal; information technology; and conflict management.
A 24-year Edelman veteran, Matthew is a specialist in corporate positioning and reputation management. His expertise includes crisis communications, merger and acquisition activity and IPOs. Matthew counsels a range of clients including GE, Charles Schwab & Company, Samsung and Starbucks. In 1996 he managed crisis communications for Odwalla, Inc. during a product recall, which is credited with being the first use of the Internet in a crisis and for which he was awarded a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America.
Matthew’s previous roles with Edelman include president of the U.S., and president of the Eastern and Western regions. He also led Edelman’s initiative to introduce a Code of Conduct.
Matthew is a graduate of Denison University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He is a board member of the World Food Program USA and the Classic Stage Company and the Council of Public Relations.
The fact that executives at top companies have been publicly vocal about a societal issue signals a seismic shift in the role business leaders are hoping to play over public policy. They are looking to be agents of change, a trend that suggests the emergence of a new model of CEO leadership.