NEW YORK—Pam Talbot, U.S. president and chief executive of Edelman for the past 12 years and a 35 year-veteran of the firm, is retiring from her full-time role as U.S. CEO, and will continue as a consultant. Matthew Harrington, president of Edelman’s Eastern region since 2000 and chair of the firm’s global corporate practice will succeed Talbot as U.S. president and CEO, reporting to Richard Edelman, worldwide president and CEO. He will have responsibility for the firm’s U.S. business, which has more than 1,700 employees and 2007 revenue of $269 million, representing approximately 65% of the firm’s worldwide revenue.
Nancy Ruscheinski, president of Edelman’s Midwest region since 2001, will assume the role of president and chief operating officer, reporting to Matthew Harrington. She will assume strategic oversight of Edelman’s operating companies, including research division StrategyOne and entertainment unit Matter, and will be responsible for the performance of several of the firm’s U.S. practices, including consumer brands, food and nutrition, consumer health, sports, tourism, media and multicultural marketing. She will also continue to provide oversight for Edelman’s Midwest region, and will also serve as global chair of Edelman Digital.
Talbot joined Edelman as an account executive in 1972, and became U.S. president and CEO in 1995. She was responsible for creating and managing numerous ground-breaking campaigns, including elevating Morris, the 9Lives Cat, to star status; creating the first-ever brand and NGO partnership between Heinz and Earth Island Institute for Dolphin-safe tuna; helping Microsoft launch Xbox; and playing a strategic role on the launch of the Dove Real Beauty campaign.
From 1993 to 2000, Harrington was president of Edelman’s Western region and also served as general manager of the San Francisco office. Prior to joining the San Francisco office Matthew was vice president and director of investor relations in Edelman’s New York corporate and financial communications divisions.