He has been promoted to the role from working as the head of Edelman’s US operation. Replacing Harrington as president and CEO of Edelman US is Mark Hass, formerly president of Edelman China.
Harrington will start his COO role on 1 July.
In the newly created position, Harrington will oversee the firm‘s four geographies – the US, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Canada/Latin America.
Harrington, who started his career at Edelman 28 years ago, has worked on clients including General Electric, Samsung and Starbucks.
He will serve as chairman of the firm‘s Conflict Management Committee and take over management of Edelman‘s human resources, legal and IT functions. He will report to president and CEO Richard Edelman, who will continue to directly manage the firm‘s global practices and clients, diversified businesses and finance operations.
This new structure is intended to more efficiently manage the firm‘s future expansion and its unprecedented growth during the past several years.
‘The size of our firm has more than tripled during the past ten years and with 60 offices across the globe, the time couldn‘t be more right to appoint a global COO to help ensure we are well-positioned globally for continued growth and dimensionalization,’ said Edelman.
‘Having successfully led our largest operation and run several of our most complicated and important accounts, Matt is uniquely qualified to step in to this new role. Not only is Matt an exemplary business leader, but he also is a sophisticated practitioner with deep corporate and reputation management experience.’
Harrington added: ‘Our continued success depends on drawing on the extraordinary talents of our people to benefit our clients and their goal to deepen stakeholder engagement.
‘As COO, my focus will be to ensure Edelman has the right operational structures in place so that our clients and business continue to thrive globally and our culture fosters collaboration and rewarding career opportunities.’