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 and the 9/11 Museum. 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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Edelman Takes #TimeOffToVote

When we asked our Edelman U.S. employees what keeps them from getting to the polls, most cited time as the No. 1 barrier.


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The War on Truth

Last night, Richard Edelman humbly accepted their International Leadership Award, together with fellow honorees U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Steven and Janice Hefter.

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Dr. Michael Carrera: A Life of Meaning

Richard Edelman hosted the retirement party for Dr. Michael Carrera, a pioneer in pregnancy prevention and teen counseling, who worked at the Children’s Aid Society for the past 42 years.


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Richard Edelman attended a breakfast sponsored by CNN, featuring Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz being interviewed by anchor Poppy Harlow as part of the American Opportunity series.

Rio Olympics

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Brazil and the Rio Olympics

Richard Edelman just returned from ten days in Brazil visiting our office in São Paulo and a number of Olympic events in Rio de Janeiro, which is a magnificent setting for the Summer Games.

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Business Beyond Ginga: A Roadmap for Brazil

Today Rio will lift the curtain on the Summer Olympic Games. In the backdrop of the grandeur will lie collective judgement—both on the games itself and Brazil’s economic future.

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ABERJE Speech – A Roadmap For Brazil

This group has one of the toughest jobs in Brazil’s boardrooms today. Selling products and building companies are never easy, but I can only begin to imagine the uphill battle Brazil’s top communicators and marketers face as the audience you target remains constantly overwhelmed by a persistent drum beat of bad news.


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A Creative Life Untethered

Richard Edelman traveled to Lake Iseo near Milan, Italy, to be part of famed environmental artist Christo’s most recent triumph, the Floating Piers.


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Welcome to the Mosh Pit

The New York Times Company announced last week that it will evolve its T Brand Studio into an advertising agency.

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