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Richard W. Edelman  

President & CEO of Edelman

Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman, the leading communications marketing firm, with 65 offices and 5,500 employees worldwide. 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. He has counseled countries in every region of the world on economic development programs. As the creator of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, Richard has become one of the foremost authorities on trust in business, government, media and NGOs. Under Richard's leadership, the agency has garnered many of the industry’s top accolades.

Richard Edelman is president and CEO of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. With a lifelong career at the family company, he attained his current position in 1996. Under Edelman’s leadership, the agency has garnered many of the industry’s top accolades; he has been named PRWeek’s most powerful executive and Glassdoor’s third highest-rated CEO, among other honors. His board service includes the Ad Council, the Atlantic Council, Children’s Aid Society, and the National Committee on US-China Relations. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, and his blog, 6 A.M., receives more than 2,000 visitors a day.

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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