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Manley will lead Chicagos Business + Social Purpose practice
May 2, 2012, CHICAGO, Edelman, the worlds largest public relations firm, has named Lisa Manley executive vice president, Business + Social Purpose, in its Chicago office. In her new role, Manley will oversee the Business + Social Purpose practice in Chicago and provide counsel to the firms clients in Chicago and throughout the global network. She will report to Kevin Cook, managing director, Chicago, starting May 15. Lisa will be instrumental in helping the firm provide a deeper spectrum of consulting, communication, social purpose marketing and content development services to our clients, said Cook. These services are critical particularly as stakeholders demand greater societal and environmental leadership from both business and government. Manley joins Edelman from Coca-Cola, where she was responsible for its global corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategy, as well as communications and marketing initiatives focused on water, health and wellness, climate protection, sustainable agriculture, packaging and womens issues. She was instrumental in the development of the companys leadership position on water and oversaw corporate sustainability reporting, including the development of the companys first GRI report. Bringing social and environmental issues into business, in a relevant and authentic way adds energy and a reason for being beyond profits, said Carol Cone, global practice chair, Business + Social Purpose. Having Lisa on the team will be an enormous asset to help clients crystallize, integrate and activate their commitments to CSR, sustainability, and citizenship throughout their operations and their brands. Prior to working at Coca-Cola, Manley served as vice president and group director for Widmeyer Communications in Washington, D.C., and spent time in the academic community working for the University of the South and Georgetown University on various student and alumni initiatives. She received a masters in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Edelman has a history of independent thinking and a respect for the role trust and sustainability play in inspiring consumer and business interests, said Manley. Im thrilled to join the talented team working with businesses large and small to further embed sustainability into business strategy. About Edelman Edelman is the worlds largest public relations firm, with 63 offices and more than 4,200 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Edelman was named Advertising Ages topranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its A-List Agencies in both 2010 and 2011; Adweeks 2011 PR Agency of the Year; PRWeeks 2011 Large PR Agency of the Year; and The Holmes Reports 2011 Global Agency of the Year and its 2011 North American Large Agency of the Year. Edelman was named one of the Best Places to Work by Advertising Age in 2010 and 2012 and among Glassdoors top five 2011 Best Places to Work. Edelman owns specialty firms Blue (advertising), A&R

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