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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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.

Daniel Edelman's Office in Chicago

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Return of the Native

Have you ever felt like Simba in The Lion King? Well today I do. I am sitting in my late father’s office in Chicago, surrounded by memorabilia. We have turned it in to a museum, replete with mannequins displaying his U.S. Army uniform and his classic double breasted suit.

Car Commercial, Advertising shoot, film

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The Big Squeeze

What is the future of the creative agency now that media, production, digital and content creation are all being stripped away? What’s left is creative and strategy, along with the account executives who manage client relationships.


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Why Beth Comstock Matters

Beth Comstock was named a vice chair of GE yesterday, responsible for Business Innovation. She will also continue to oversee GE Lighting, GE Ventures and Licensing, corporate marketing, sales and communications.

Chinese Stock Market

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Stay the Course

The stock market reversal in China has led many to question the stated GDP growth rate of 7 percent and the strategy of moving from an investment-based economy toward a more consumption based model.

Samsung, Innovation Museum, Edelman, Richard Edelman

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Samsung Innovation Museum

Richard Edelman was in Seoul for the past three days. While there, he made his first pilgrimage to the Samsung Innovation Museum.

Edelman at Gail Becker's Wedding

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Must Have Done Something Good

I attended the wedding of my colleague Gail Becker and her husband Stuart Smith in the hills of Malibu, California on Saturday night. Several Edelman people, past and present, were part of the celebration, including Matt Harrington, Amy Kavanaugh, Mitch Markson, Renee Edelman and Shoreen Magame.

London Bus, Heatherwick

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Heatherwick’s City

Richard Edelman met with Thomas Heatherwick, urban visionary and architect, whose work is transforming London, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and soon, New York City.

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