Richard Edelman: CEO of Edelman Public Relations

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Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, is the son of Daniel J. Edelman, founders of the firm. Richard started working at the firm in 1978 after graduating and then receiving his MBA from Harvard. He became president of the firm in 1985 and then CEO in 1986. During that time the company was bringing in less than $15 million in revenues – Richard chose to remain independent and resist acquisition from an advertising firm – a common occurrence at the time.

Edelman under Richard’s leadership jumped into using social media for branding early in the game, and his blog became quite well-known. Blogging since 2004, his posts often run on the controversial side, bringing more eyes to the screen. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ad Council, the International Business Leaders Forum, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Children’s Aid Society, the Atlantic Council, and the Gettysburg National Battlefield Foundation.

In 2013, he topped PR Week’s list of most powerful executives and in 2014 named the third highest rated CEO by Glassdoor. His personal areas of expertise include marketing and reputation management. Richard’s efforts have seen the company to its current standing as the largest independently owned PR firm, representing such clients as General Electric, EBay, Starbucks, and Microsoft.

Richard recently acquired an apartment in Chicago, deciding to split his time between New York City and Chicago – where the Edelman firm began. Of the move he said, “*I get to hang out with my brother John, catch a few games, see my old friends from Latin School of Chicago, and give something back to worthy causes. Besides, I get to work on accounts and help win some business. It feels like the right thing to do and the best time to do it.”

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