Richard Edelman

president and chief executive officer

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman, a leading communications marketing 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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Thank You

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Giving Thanks

I took part in a panel at the Summit at Sea conference in Miami a few weeks back. During the discussion, I was asked how to keep the culture of the family business as the enterprise grew to its present size.

Eiffel Tower

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It has now been a week since the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris that took the lives of 129 innocent people. The people of Paris have demonstrated incredible courage, frequenting the outdoor cafes and going about their daily lives.

The Ad Council's latest anti-bullying campaign "I Am A Witness" focuses on a new emoji that combines an image of an eye with that of a speech bubble.

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Emoji Power

October was National Bullying Prevention Month so the coalition of Adobe, The Bully Project and Behance came up with a clever campaign featuring an emoji, an eyeball within a speech bubble.


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Medium: A New Play for Sharing Ideas

We have been pushing forward on a new way of storytelling we call collaborative journalism on behalf of a number of our clients. Our goal is to put news where it earns attention, where readers can access it on every device and interact with it.

RWE photo

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Water: The PR Challenge of a Generation

The big challenge for water, which will require the brightest minds in public relations, is to persuade the consumer to drink recycled water. Now is the time to begin the education of the consumer about the power of technology for a safe, long-term water supply and shared sacrifice in consumption.

Point of Light Conference, volunteer

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Points of Light Foundation

I encourage all of you in the PR business to consider early in your careers taking a personal involvement in local charities. You get out of your professional bubble, you make friends and work with your hands.


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My Visit to the UAE and India

Richard Edelman is on his way back from a trip to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai and Delhi and was privileged to meet with government ministers, reporters, clients and our outstanding local offices.

Richard Edelman at FCPC 2015

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Twenty Four Hours in Canada

Richard visited Toronto to deliver a speech to the Food and Consumer Products Association of Canada. In the 24 hours there, he had dinner with a client, saw the executive team for breakfast, took a selfie with the Toronto office and got to see the legendary Lake Muskoka.

Pope Francis 9/11 Memorial 2015

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Dream Week

The past three days in New York City have been the stuff of dreams. Richard Edelman shares a quick report on each of these fantasy events with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Malala Yousafzai and Pope Francis.

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