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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Before I Was CEO

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Before I Was CEO

Richard Edelman was invited to be one of 20 CEOs profiled in a new book by Peter Vanham, a contributor to Forbes and the Financial Times, called Before I Was CEO.

False News

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How to Combat False News

False election news articles generated more engagement on Facebook than election stories from 19 major news outlets combined including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, NBC News and others.

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Explaining America

The election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States not only stunned the pundits, but confirmed many of the trends we’ve seen in populist movements worldwide.

Edelman Wins 2016 Global PR Agency Of The Year

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That Rare Night

The Holmes Report awarded Edelman Global Agency of the Year and Program of the Year. It was that rare night as CEO when you feel that your strategy is correct, your people are magicians, and your clients are saints.

Germany's Angst

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Germany’s Angst

Richard Edelman spent the past three days in Berlin, speaking with politicians, business leaders and intellectuals. Here are a few observations on Europe’s leading economy.

Edelman Korea

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Korea and Japan

Richard Edelman spent the past week in Seoul and Tokyo, visiting with our impressive local teams and calling on our global clients.


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One on One

Richard Edelman sat with Steve Barrett, editor-in-chief of PRWeek, for a wide-ranging discussion yesterday at the PRWeek annual conference and covered three major areas in our half-hour chat.

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A Meeting with Meaning

I recently met a long-time friend of my father, Leo Melamed, who had been the chairman emeritus of the CME Group. He asked me to come by to reminisce about Dan and to discuss our current work for the CME Group.


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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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