Matthew Harrington, 2019 Agency Honoree

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Matthew Harrington is the global president and chief operating officer at Edelman, an industry-leading communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations.

In concert with his oversight of global operations, Matthew advises leaders of some of the world’s largest and most complex companies on corporate positioning, reputation management, crisis communications, merger and acquisition, and IPOs. His articles on trust and executive leadership have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Fortuneand other leading business publications.

Matthew’s nearly 35-year career at Edelman has encompassed work for hundreds of clients across nearly every industry sector. His previous leadership roles at Edelman include president of the U.S. and president of the Eastern and Western regions. He also led the initiative to create Edelman’s Code of Conduct.

A graduate of Denison University, Matthew serves on its Board of Trustees, as well as on the boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Classic Stage Company, and he is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. He also is an advisory member of the Marketing 50.


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