Richard Edelman

president and chief executive officer

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of the world’s largest public relations 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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Draper Unversity

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Draper University

I went to Silicon Valley last week and took the opportunity to visit venture capitalist Tim Draper who has started Draper University in San Mateo. I told Draper that I would get Edelman involved in the education of his up and coming innovators because we are the yin to his yang.


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A PR Pro’s Guide for reddit

I’ve found myself using reddit more and more the past few years. A few weeks ago at the PRWeek Awards, I sat next to Victoria Taylor, director of talent at reddit, and we had a preliminary chat about her employer.

President Obama My Brother's Keeper

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My Brother’s Keeper

There are a few notable projects each year that people at Edelman and our sister PR firms feel privileged to work on. Yesterday, we helped launch My Brother’s Keeper Alliance program in the Bronx.


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A New Look at the Ethical Practice of PR

I met this morning with my former client, Dick Martin, who had been Chief Communications Officer at AT&T. Martin’s goal is a practical framework for decision-making, that can help PR practitioners make the right calls in their daily counseling.


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The Value of Creative Collaborations

Today Edelman will be hosting the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Day Lab storytelling program. The New Frontier program is designed to showcase new technologies and methods in storytelling, such as immersive designs, game theory and virtual reality.

Richard Edelman at Yale School of Management

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Running a Service Business

I was on a panel yesterday at the Yale School of Management with Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company and Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on managing a service enterprise.

New York Magazine

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Triumph of the Verticals

I learned about a six-year transformation of the New York Magazine brand that would take it from being New York City-focused to national, from master brand to a focus on the vertical brands.

The Right to Speak Out

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The Right to Speak Out

CEOs considering whether or not to take a public stand should have as a governing factor whether their companies have a natural connection to the issue or comparative advantage because of expertise. On a matter of broad human rights such as Indiana, I would argue that all companies have that connection. final

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Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Earlier this month, I met with David Keyes, the executive director of Advancing Human Rights, about his new platform,


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Improving the Classroom Experience

I believe the business community can play a role in supporting these educators in their important work by investing in the creation of free resources that can be used to augment existing curriculum.

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