Matthew Harrington

global chief operating officer

Matthew Harrington

Matthew Harrington leads global operations for Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations.

A 25-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 an advisory member of the Marketing 50, Chairman of the PR Council and serves on the boards of the World Food Program USA, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Classic Stage Company, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication’s Board of Advisors.

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Trust and the CEO

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What it Will Really Take to Rebuild Our Trust in CEOs

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.


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The Land of Possibilities

I just completed a week’s visit to the United Arab Emirates. During the week, the recurring thought in my head was that the UAE truly is the land of possibilities.


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Found in Translation

Japanese business leadership is interested in helping lead and foster knowledge of the opportunities presented not just by Japan but by all of Asia.


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Trust and the Art of Listening

Listening isn’t passive; it’s participation. This notion is particularly critical to business now because listening builds trust.

Michael Stewart IMG_2479

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The Future PR Pro

Michael Stewart's arrival from McKinsey & Co. marks the senior-most “non-traditional” hire our firm has ever made. In fact, this week is his first ever working in an agency.

Image of Kevin Rudd by Australian Civil-Military Centre. Image of Julia Gillard by Kate Lundy.

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A State of Distrust in Australia

The overwhelming feeling by an exhausted nation is that our state of trust in political leadership has been truly shaken to the core and perhaps shattered beyond repair.

Graduation Day

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Five Things I Wish I Knew at 22

Fumbling for words of wisdom of my own to share with my daughter, I wondered what I wished I had known at my own graduation to prepare me for the many changes that lay ahead.

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