Richard Edelman

president and chief executive officer

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of the world’s largest public relations firm.

The firm was named “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age and The Holmes Report.

Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses in over 25 industries around the world.

Richard topped PRWeek’s list of most powerful executives (2013), was recognized as the third highest rated CEO by Glassdoor (2014) and was inducted in the Arthur W. Page Society’s Hall of Fame (2014). He is regarded as an industry thought leader and has posted weekly to his blog since 2004. Richard is consistently mentioned as one of the top 25 foremost experts on corporate trust.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the Atlantic Council, the Children’s Aid Society, the 9/11 Museum and the Arthur W. Page Society. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and PR Seminar.

Richard has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Why Beth Comstock Matters

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.

Chinese Stock Market

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Stay the Course

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.

Samsung, Innovation Museum, Edelman, Richard Edelman

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Samsung Innovation Museum

Richard Edelman was in Seoul for the past three days. While there, he made his first pilgrimage to the Samsung Innovation Museum.

Edelman at Gail Becker's Wedding

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Must Have Done Something Good

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.

London Bus, Heatherwick

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Heatherwick’s City

Richard Edelman met with Thomas Heatherwick, urban visionary and architect, whose work is transforming London, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and soon, New York City.

Milan Expo 2015, Expo 2015, Milan, Food

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Milan Expo

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.

Marriage Equality, LGBT, USA

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A Historic Decision

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.

Richard Edelman, Jamie Oliver, Cannes Lions, Cannes France, Cannes

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Cannes Round Two

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.

Edelman, Earned Brand, Innovation

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The Power of the Earned Brand

Our business has a surfeit of new tools at our disposal, from personalized advertising to targeted direct marketing and dynamic content creation. And yet, we are in danger of losing our consumer.

Campbell Healthy Communities Program, Campbell's Soup

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

I recently heard Denise Morrison, CEO of the Campbell Soup Company, speak at the Microsoft CEO Summit about the Campbell Healthy Communities initiative.

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