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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Richard Edelman Executives Club of Chicago Keynote Address

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Leadership Goes Beyond Management

Today, I delivered a keynote address on Trust and the CEO at the Executives Club of Chicago. My central theme: It is time for CEOs to come out of the bunker, be out front and lead, do more than simply focus on delivering on the numbers, and be part of the solution to society’s problems.

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Executives Club of Chicago Keynote Address

Edelman has been tracking trust for 16 years. This year we conducted online surveys with over 33,000 respondents in 28 countries. The survey asked respondents how much they trust the four institutions of government, business, nongovernmental organizations and media to do what is right.

Richard Edelman_ World Economic Forum

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Davos 2016

This was a World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of massive mood swings, linked to the plunging global stock markets, diving commodity prices, renewed concern about the flood of refugees moving toward the European Union, the rise of populism in the U.S. and European countries, and the effect of a slowing Chinese economy.

Beyond the Grand Illusion

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Beyond the Grand Illusion

There is deeply disturbing news in the Edelman TRUST BAROMETER 2016: A yawning trust gap is emerging between elite and mass populations.


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“The C Word”

“How do you get butts in seats for a movie about cancer?” That was the challenge posed this morning on the phone by movie producer and friend Pascaline Servan-Schreiber about her new film, “The C Word”, which is rolling out across America.

2016 Edelman Trust Barometer War Room

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The Art and The Science

The Edelman Trust Barometer will be released in two weeks at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. With 36,000 respondents in 28 countries, this is the largest study of its kind on trust in business, government, media, NGOs, spokespeople and industry sectors.

Richard Blog

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Around the Edelman World

This past year I visited 25 Edelman offices around the globe. What struck me most and made me the proudest was the incredible level of enthusiasm and passion our employees have for the work we’re doing for our clients. It’s what would have resonated greatly with my father as well.

Young friends leaning on railing

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Engaging the Hispanic Community

The communications marketing industry is completely missing the boat on engaging the vital U.S. Hispanic demographic. This needs to be an essential part of any marketer’s playbook for the U.S.

Edelman Germany, ergo

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Why Europe Now

I am returning from Germany, where Edelman just closed a merger with ergo, a leading independent firm specializing in corporate, financial and public affairs. Started 20 years ago by Tobias Mündemann and Hans Ulrich Helzer, the firm has a dozen financial institutions, government agencies and several “Mittelstandt” clients.

Thank You

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Giving Thanks

I took part in a panel at the Summit at Sea conference in Miami a few weeks back. During the discussion, I was asked how to keep the culture of the family business as the enterprise grew to its present size.

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