NEW YORK—September 30, 2020—Edelman has named Chris Gee Managing Director, Digital, U.S. Corporate Affairs & Advisory Services. In this role, Gee will oversee the integration of digital expertise into Edelman’s U.S. corporate affairs team, partnering closely with the firm’s leaders to help C-level clients reposition their companies, navigate through crisis and manage complex diversity, inclusion and equity challenges.
“Due to Covid-19, the past six months of digital communications adoption has leapfrogged ahead six years,” said Jim O’Leary, Global Corporate Practice Chair, Edelman. “Chris has been putting digital and data at the core throughout his career advising C-suite executives at some of the world’s top companies. His knowledge of the digital ecosystem and CommsTech will be invaluable to our clients.”
Gee previously served as Managing Director of Social Media & Digital Strategy at Teneo, U.S. Head of Digital Strategy at Finsbury and before that Burson-Marsteller where he advised clients in a variety of industries including technology, financial services, energy and health. He also produced and hosted a podcast that discussed trending topics in the communications industry.
“We are weaving our digital capability at Edelman into the fabric of how we think about everything we do for our clients. Whether taking a stand with action communications, engaging with employees or managing a crisis, businesses and brands, organizations are doing more than ever in an inherently digital world,” said Tristan Roy, Global Digital Chair, Edelman. “Chris’s depth of expertise across channel, platform and digital strategy coupled with this sector expertise that’s specific to investors, employees and other key stakeholders will accelerate our ability to deliver strategic counsel and solutions that are built for that digital world.”
Gee, who started September 21st, will be based in the New York office. He will report jointly to O’Leary and Roy, and joins Edelman’s U.S. Corporate Affairs & Advisory Services, CommsTech and Digital leadership teams. His hire comes on the heels of Edelman’s launch of CommsTech, a first-of-its-kind offering that brings together technology, tools, data and analytics to provide actionable intelligence for communicators to precisely target, measure and shape trust and behavior at the individual level.
“Today, companies face unprecedented challenges to their reputation, often playing out on digital channels,” said Gee. “The entrepreneurial culture of Edelman is unmatched, and at the forefront of that innovation is CommsTech. I look to using this new offer to help clients safely navigate through these uncertain times and fortify their reputation in the marketplace.”
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