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.
I went to Silicon Valley last week and took the opportunity to visit venture capitalist Tim Draper who has started Draper University in San Mateo. I told Draper that I would get Edelman involved in the education of his up and coming innovators because we are the yin to his yang.
I’ve found myself using reddit more and more the past few years. A few weeks ago at the PRWeek Awards, I sat next to Victoria Taylor, director of talent at reddit, and we had a preliminary chat about her employer.
I met this morning with my former client, Dick Martin, who had been Chief Communications Officer at AT&T. Martin’s goal is a practical framework for decision-making, that can help PR practitioners make the right calls in their daily counseling.
Today Edelman will be hosting the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Day Lab storytelling program. The New Frontier program is designed to showcase new technologies and methods in storytelling, such as immersive designs, game theory and virtual reality.
I was on a panel yesterday at the Yale School of Management with Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company and Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on managing a service enterprise.
CEOs considering whether or not to take a public stand should have as a governing factor whether their companies have a natural connection to the issue or comparative advantage because of expertise. On a matter of broad human rights such as Indiana, I would argue that all companies have that connection.