Richard Edelman

Chief Executive Officer at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc.

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman

Chief Executive Officer at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc.

Biography

President and Chief Executive Officer, Edelman

Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, with 67 offices and 5,000 employees worldwide. Edelman was named president and CEO in September 1996.

Edelman 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. He has counseled countries in every region of the world on economic development programs.

As the creator of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, Edelman has become one of the foremost authorities on trust in business, government, media, and NGOs. He has spoken on this topic at several conferences, including the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where he regularly leads discussions among global heads of business, government, and media conglomerates. The firm’s research is widely cited in media publications and academic journals from around the globe. The 2012 Barometer was covered by the Financial Times, New York Times, Economist, and Forbes, among many others.

He serves on the boards of directors of the Ad Council, Atlantic Council, and Children’s Aid Society. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, Arthur Page Society, and PR Seminar. Under his leadership, the agency has garnered many of the industry’s top accolades. Edelman was named an “Agency to Watch” by Advertising Age in 2014 and was on their “Agency A-List” in 2012 for the second consecutive year. Edelman has been awarded seven Cannes Lions, including the Grand Prix for PR in 2014. Adweek named the firm 2011 “PR Agency of the Year.” Edelman earned comparable awards from The Holmes Report (2013 and 2011 “Global Agency of the Year”), and in 2012 it was named the publication’s “Digital Agency of the Year.” In 2011, PRWeek named the firm both its “Large PR Agency of the Year” and its “Large UK Consultancy of the Year.” In 2010, The Holmes Report named it “Agency of the Decade,” and in 2009, Edelman was Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade.

Edelman himself has also earned many industry honors. He is regarded as an industry thought leader and posts weekly to his blog, 6 A.M., which launched in September 2004 and receives more than 2,000 visitors a day. Edelman topped PRWeek's list of most powerful executives in 2013 and was recognized as the third-highest rated CEO by Glassdoor in 2014. In 2011, he was ranked #78 on Ethisphere Institute’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” In 2010, Forbes named him one of “America’s Favorite Bosses” (#8). Advertising Age recognized Edelman as “Agency Executive of the Year” in 2008.

Edelman earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978 and a BA from Harvard College in 1976. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1972.

Overview
Career Highlights

StrategyOne, Inc.
Edelman, Inc.
Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc.

RelSci Relationships

3644

Primary Location

New York City, NY

Number of Boards

16

Birthday

06/15/1954

Age

65

Number of Awards

7

Interests

History, Tennis

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President & Director at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors at The Atlantic Council of the United States

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Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors at The Atlantic Council of the United States

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Executive Chairman at S4 Capital Plc

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Co-Founder at The Blackstone Group, Inc.

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Former President at Morehouse School of Medicine

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Executive Chairman at Weber Shandwick, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The Atlantic Council of the United States

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Chief Executive Officer & Director at GENYOUth Foundation

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Advertising Council

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Senior Vice President & General Manager at Edelman, Inc.

Ex-Spouse
Former Senior Vice President at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

Parent, Deceased
Parent, Deceased
Former Corporate Secretary at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc.

Education
Bachelor of Arts
Class of 1976
Attendee
Class of 1972
Memberships
Member
2014 - Current

TO STRENGTHEN THE ENTERPRISE LEADERSHIP ROLE OF THE CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER BY EMBRACING THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS; BY ADVANCING THE WAY COMMUNICATIONS IS UNDERSTOOD, PRACTICED AND TAUGHT; AND BY PROVIDING A COLLEGIAL AND DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.

Member
Current

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Member
Current

The participating CEOs lead companies that collectively employ more than five million people, generate more than $2 trillion in annual revenue, and represent 11 countries and a diverse group of industries.

Career History
Global Chief Executive Officer
Current

Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. provides public relations and strategic communication services. The firm's services include financial communications, investor relations, corporate affairs, diversity marketing, litigation, and public affairs. It provides services to the consumer, health, and technology industries. The company is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Chief Executive Officer
Current

Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc. provides public relations services. It operates a PR-centric portfolio of interdependent companies that include Edelman; Zeno; United Entertainment Group; Assembly; Edible, krispr, Revere, CREAM Events and Salutem. The firm's areas of practice include Brand, Corporate, Digital, Public Affairs, Crisis and Risk and Business + Social Purpose. It offers expertise in energy, financial services, food and beverage, health and technology sectors. The company was founded by Daniel J. Edelman in 1952 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

President
Prior

StrategyOne, Inc. provides insight and analytics consultancy services. The company was founded by Steve Lombardo in 1999 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Edelman, Inc. raised money in a private placement transaction

Awards & Honors
2012
NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions
2011
NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions
Rank #78
2011
Ethisphere Institute - 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics
Events
Attendee
New York City, NY
2013 Board of Boards CEO Conference

Board of Boards CEO Roundtable, consistently rated one of the world's top executive gatherings, is a unique opportunity for corporate leaders to share insights and best practices and to help advance the business case for corporate community investment. By coming together for this event, global CEOs demonstrate their commitment to CECP’s mission — to draw together and empower senior executives of the world's largest companies to make unprecedented progress on societal challenges while driving business performance.

Speaker
Orlando, FL, United States
2013 Barrons Top Independent Advisors Summit

Speaker
Davos, Switzerland
2012 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

A record 2,600 business, government and civil society leaders – including nearly 40 heads of state or government – participated in the 42nd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which took place under the theme The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models. The record participation indicated the international community’s level of concern for the world today, as one crisis after another emerges. It also underscored the commitment of the Forum’s Members, Partners and communities to improving the state of the world.

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