President & CEO, Edelman
Richard Edelman is the President and CEO since 1996 of the world's largest independent public relations firm, with 1800 employees in 40 offices worldwide. Edelman, named 2003 Agency of the Year by The Holmes Group, has been a leader in public relations since it was founded in 1952. Prior to becoming President and CEO, he served as president of Edelman's U.S. operations, regional manager of Europe and manager of the firm's New York office.
Mr. Edelman has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, with assignments for Schering-Plough, Swiss Re and Gap. He has particular interest in the technology and media areas, with assignments for Bertelsmann and Viacom. He worked on the "deal of the year" in 1994, the merger of Viacom, Blockbuster and Paramount, and assisted Deutsche Bank on its 1999 acquisition of Bankers Trust. He has counseled several countries on economic development programs, including Egypt, Israel, and Mexico.
In 1981, Mr. Edelman won the Silver Anvil, the highest award in the public relations industry. He was named 'Best Manager of the Year' by Inside PR magazine in 1995. He serves on the board of directors of the New York Historical Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum, the Arthur Page Society, PR Seminar, the International Council of the Field Museum, and the World Corporate Ethics' Council. Mr. Edelman also worked on several political campaigns including that of "Jim Thompson for Governor" and "Ed Koch for Mayor."
Mr. Edelman received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.