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Executive Vice President, Crisis and Reputation Risk Practice at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

Edelman is a leading global Communications Marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman was named one of Advertising Age’s “Agency to Watch” in 2014; one of Forbes’ “14 Most Influential Agencies of 2014”; and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year.” Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014 and was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the third time in 2014. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.

Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

About Edelman’s Crisis & Reputation Risk Practice:

  • The Crisis & Reputation Risk practice is one of the most respected and largest in the world, serving clients on complex crises and with 180 practitioners in more than 60 countries. Over the last seven years, the staff has increased by 70 percent while revenues have jumped 500 percent. The capabilities and diversity of talent have also grown to include former management consultants, digital leaders, sector experts, research and analytics. The Crisis and Risk practice globally advises leading businesses, governments and institutions and their senior leaders on a broad range of crises including  culture and conduct (e.g., D&I, #MeToo), ethics and integrity (e.g., fraud, bribery, corruption), security risks (e.g., physical and cyber breaches), product and service risks (e.g., safety, health) and financial (e.g., performance). 

About the Opportunity:
Edelman has an exciting opportunity for an experienced crisis management leader.  We are seeking an Executive Vice President for our Chicago office to lead our Crisis and Risk team; serve as senior advisor across an expansive portfolio of clients that span sector, specialty and geography; advance Edelman IP and brand recognition within key business referral communities and networks; help enhance and scale our crisis + risk capability as part of our broader advisory services strategy; and develop new crisis specialties, offerings and capabilities to capture strategic growth opportunities. 

A proven expertise in advising C-level corporate executives, boards of directors, and outside during crisis and complex issues, such as legal, cyber-security, compliance and financial matters, is preferable. 


  • Lead and grow existing portfolio of business

  • Lead, coach and support professional growth of team members ensuring constant development of their skills 

  • Provide daily strategic counsel, guidance and leadership through example to staff, ensuring the team's success by managing work quality and productivity levels 

  • Partner with other practices and offices in both client service and new business

  • Advance the practice in the region and create new intellectual property for the firm

  • Manage financial reporting and work with practice leadership to inform monthly forecast reports 

  • Effectively manage staff utilization to meet profitability targets 

  • Experience in working with news media, notably business and financial media and/or investigative journalists

Basic Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as English or Political Science; a law degree is a plus

  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in crisis management

  • Demonstrated track record in managing high-profile crises and complex, high-risk assignments

  • Travel is required as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in Cyber-Security is preferred

  • Experience in working with legal teams, both in-house and outside counsel

  • Proven track record in growing, preserving and leading high functioning teams within a strong, values-based culture reflective of Edelman’s. Excellence, curiosity and courage are very much at the heart of who we are and drive our continued evolution as a firm. They describe us at our very best and ensure we remain distinctive to our clients and to the industry.

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, including an aptitude in triaging and prioritizing inbound assignments, managing competing deadlines, and a willingness to work demanding hours as needed episodically