Edelman has named Claudia Patton as chief talent officer reporting to Richard Edelman, president and CEO of the firm.
She will sit on the firm’s 14-member executive committee and has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, most recently president of Edelman in the Southeast US.
Patton will work closely with the firm’s leaders and HR on employee global mobility, training and development, performance management, senior recruitment and career development.
Richard Edelman said: “Claudia has a deep passion for our people and business and is a proven, results-driven executive, making her ideally suited for the role of chief talent officer. Clients rely on Edelman to help solve complex business problems and talent recruitment and management is critical to our success. Under Claudia’s leadership, we will integrate employee development into everything we do to ensure that we are attracting and developing the strongest talent in the industry.”
Patton assumes her role at the time when the firm is growing both in terms of expanding client remits and its own growth, with worldwide revenues up 18 per cent in fiscal year 2011 (ending June 30, 2011); the addition of 500 new positions in the last twelve months and recognition as one of the nation’s “best places to work” by Glassdoor.
Patton said: “Edelman is at the forefront of transforming the industry. We want to remain the firm of choice for talented professionals to grow their careers, work on diverse teams, learn new skills, and operate in a truly global environment. We want Edelman to be known as the firm where people can do their best work and make important contributions to society.”
Edelman offers a number of career-development programme including long- and short-term assignments in the firm’s 54 offices, the Edelman Fellows Programme, inspired by the Fullbright Fellowship and the Stay a Day Programme, an initiative that pays for employees who are on personal travel to stay an extra day in the closest Edelman office.
It also offers mentoring programs, the Global Talent Sharing Programme, an online Edelman University and the Edelman Escape programme which gives select employees time and money to do something they are passionate about.