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Harrington Named Edelman COO, Hass Appointed U.S. President

Edelman has announced a number of leadership changes this morning.

Matthew Harrington has been named global COO, a new position at the firm, effective July 1. In this role, he’ll oversee the company’s four regions (United States, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Canada/Latin America), chair the Conflict Management Committee, and manage the legal, IT, and HR areas. He’ll also continue to manage the global practices, clients, businesses, and finance operations. We’re tired just thinking about it.

“At moments, it can appear daunting,” Harrington told us over the phone this morning. But Harrington says he’s an “Edelman vet” (he’s been with the firm for 28 years) and he’s worked with firm president and CEO Richard Edelman for decades, so they have a well-established working relationship.

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Roll Call: Edelman, MWW Group, and More

Kym White has joined Edelman as global vice chair of the firm’s health practice starting May 31. She will work in the Chicago and New York offices reporting to Matthew Harrington, U.S. president and CEO, and Nancy Turett, global president of the health division. White will begin by focusing on clients with a U.S. HQ.

According to the statement announcing White’s appointment, the health practice accounts for 20 percent of Edelman’s global revenue. Clients include the American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, AstraZeneca, and Humana. White was previously VP of corp comms at Baxter International and spent 16 years with Ogilvy PR Worldwide.

MWW Group has a new SVP. Dick Wolfe joins the firm’s public affairs practice in New Jersey, where he will work with existing clients as well as business development initiatives. He was previously a VP and senior adviser at Gibbs & Soell Public Relations.

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Edelman 2010 Trust Barometer Reveals Jump In Trust For Business

Trust in business is rising slightly, however the public is still very cautious when it comes to counting on business to do the right thing, according to Edelman’s 2010 Trust Barometer, the agency’s annual “trust and credibility” survey.

In the survey, released today, 54 percent of respondents said they trust U.S. business to “do what is right,” an 18 percent jump from last year’s survey, which found trust in business at a ten year low.

“Trust in business has improved, but the patient has a long road to go for a full recovery…Companies will have to prove the skeptics wrong and show they can achieve both profit and purpose,” said Edelman president and CEO Richard Edelman.

CEOs experienced a jump in trust, as 31 percent expressed trust in information from a company’s CEO – up 12 points, from 19 percent last year. The 31 percent figure is still very low, however.

Not surprisingly, trust in banks is near the bottom of the list, declining from 71 percent to 33 percent over the past two years.

Trust in government rose 16 points since last year, to 46 percent, “one of the largest increases in trust in government among the countries surveyed,” according to the report.

That’s not to say people aren’t skeptical.

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Edelman Moves New York Office to Downtown Location


Edelman officially announced today the agency’s move to a new office and global co-headquarters in New York. The new office is located at 250 Hudson Street in Lower Manhattan. 500 Edelman employees have been moved to this location from previous Edelman offices in Times Square and Park Avenue South.

“Over the past decade, Edelman’s New York operation has grown significantly. The time had come for new space that reflected the full-service communications consultancy we are today,” said Matthew Harrington, U.S. President & CEO in a statement.

Going with the new and popular “open layout” trend, the new office doesn’t have “offices,” per se. However there are “numerous private areas to provide staff members with a place to go for more focused, solitary work,” said the company in a release. Click continued to view pictures of the new office layout and its rooftop space.

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PRNewser Interview: Matthew Harrington, President & CEO, Edelman, U.S.


Matthew Harrington, a 20-year Edelman veteran, oversees the firm’s U.S. business, which includes more than 1,600 employees and 2008 revenue of $294M, representing approximately 65% of the firm’s worldwide revenue. He currently provides counsel to a variety of Edelman clients including General Electric, Charles Schwab & Company, Getty Images, Samsung and Starbucks.

PRNewser caught up with Harrington to discuss his first year leading Edelman U.S. (“there was considerable uncertainty”), what he thinks Q4 will bring for the PR industry (“overall I think we have seen the worst”), and how the recently announced 2009 Mid-Year Trust Barometer revealed significant changes from Edelman’s previous Trust Barometer released just six months ago.

It’s been a year since you were named President & CEO of Edelman, U.S. What are some of the biggest shifts you’ve noticed in the agency business during that time?

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Edelman Announces Small Round of Layoffs


Edelman has laid off at least four senior executives, including Bill Keegan, EVP & director of US crisis and issues management. “This was not financially driven…but in this environment, we have been doing an ongoing analysis of our staffing needs,” said Matthew Harrington, president/CEO of Edelman US to PRWeek‘s Aarti Shah, who first confirmed the news.