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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Client Leadership Academy 2015

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You All Want to Work for Edelman

What a difference a decade makes. The Holmes Report headline from yesterday's newsletter is as stated above, with news that Edelman was chosen as the favorite place to work by a two to one margin over our nearest competitors in the U.S. and Europe.


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Breaking News

I have been looking for an app that helps me keep up with news stories involving our clients. The one I have been using and would suggest that PR people download is called Breaking News, a unit of NBC News.

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Communications Marketing in the Era of Expression – Speech

I have been looking forward to the DLDnyc Conference so that I can discuss the rapid evolution of marketing and communications. Many of you have played central roles in the disruption of the media sector and the birth of the sharing economy. You have prompted a fundamental rethinking of the strategy of my family PR […]

The Information

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The Information

If you need any further proof of the dispersion of authority in the media sector, here comes The Information, a technology focused media company that seeks to fill a void left by mainstream media, to provide quality and original business journalism.


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Facebook Instant Articles and Brands

The data on Instant Articles is very compelling. Facebook says that people share Instant Articles 30 percent more than mobile web links and people read 20 percent more Instant Articles than mobile web articles.


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Trust and Civil Society

I spent yesterday morning with the directors of fifteen major non-governmental organizations. My topic was trust, in this case trust in civil society.

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Dirt is Good: The Campaign for Play

One of the most famous purpose branding initiatives comes from Unilever’s OMO/Persil and the Dirt is Good campaign, now operating in 78 nations around the world to address the play deficit and help children rediscover outdoor play.

Lookout Mountain's Battlefield Museum in Chattanooga, TN

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Explaining History

Last week, I went to three Civil War battlefields (Shiloh, Chickamauga/Chattanooga, Franklin) and the home of President Andrew Jackson with a very good sport and serious student of history, my daughter Amanda. This has been one of my dreams… to pass on my love of American History to my children.

Arthur Page Society

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The New CCO

We hosted a lunch meeting yesterday for the Arthur W. Page Society in our New York office. The event was organized to launch the newest piece of intellectual property from Page, “The New CCO: Transforming Enterprises in a Changing World."

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