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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India Now

I am just back from Asia, where I visited our offices and clients in Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai.


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A Global Affairs Report

Richard Edelman attended a breakfast hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In short, we are in a fine mess with unpredictable consequences.


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A Significant Shift

A number of major consumer-goods companies indicated they would be shifting away from traditional TV advertising. The reason: it no longer reaches or appeals to their target audiences

HIspanicize - Richard Edelman

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I spent a day-and-a-half at the Hispanicize conference in Miami earlier this week. The event, organized by entrepreneur Manny Ruiz, aims to interest major corporations in the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic market.

Samsung Galaxy S8

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A Giant First Step

Yesterday morning, Samsung launched its new flagship device, the Galaxy S8 and 8+, at its unveiling event, “Unpacked.” There are several unique aspects of the smartphone, including its Infinity Display and DeX for a desktop experience.


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The PR Industry at the Crossroads

It should be boom times for the PR industry. And yet in the past few weeks, there have been surprising pronouncements from holding companies that indicate a lack of confidence in the PR business.

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Philanthropy 3.0

I just met with Alexandre Mars, founder and CEO of the Epic Foundation. This is a Philanthropy 3.0 concept, beyond the long-term investor and activist investor model of Philanthropy 1.0 and 2.0.

Trump, Broadcast

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Journalist as Advocate

Those of us in communications must recognize the rise of advocacy, especially in the born-digital media such as Recode and the cable news networks.


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Employees Rule

The employee is often twice as credible as the CEO and even ahead of the technical expert. In a world of dispersed authority, the battle for the truth will be won or lost with the employees.

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