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.

Richard serves on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the Atlantic Council, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Children’s Aid Society, the Gettysburg Foundation, the 9/11 Museum, the National Committee on U.S. China Relations and the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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

All posts by Richard Edelman

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Business Takes the Lead

CEOs found their voices and spoke out on behalf of their employees and customers on such basic American values as tolerance and diversity.

Civil War cannon & carriage behind stone wall against darkening blue skies with white clouds.

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Leadership at Gettysburg

Last Friday Richard Edelman went to Gettysburg, the iconic American battlefield, with his youngest daughter, Amanda.

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100 People Who Make Advertising Great

With cord-cutting, reliance on mobile devices, subscription services and a decline in mainstream media, all of us in marketing services are converging on the same space of storytelling.

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Where Do You Get Your News?

Forty-two percent of American adults are getting their news through Facebook several times a day, compared to 20 percent who rely on traditional news sources.

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The Mere Distinction of Colour

The failure to address the stain on American history must be recognized as our greatest collective failure, explained only by human weakness and a willingness to pass the problem on to future generations.

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Warrior Games

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Staff Sergeant Dalielle N. Pothoof

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Answer the Call

The world wants more from brands, and consumers are asking a simple question: “Are you with me?”

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Advancing Women in Leadership

In my first-ever video blog, Lisa and I speak about GWEN, the opportunities and challenges for women in the industry, what we as leaders need to do to create an environment that encourages women to lead and succeed.

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