Matthew Harrington is Edelman’s global chief operating officer and oversees the firm’s five regions as well as Edelman Berland, the firm’s research arm; human resources; legal; information technology; and conflict management. A 22-year Edelman veteran, Matthew is a specialist in corporate positioning and reputation management. His expertise includes crisis communications, merger and acquisition activity and IPOs. Matthew counsels a range of clients including, GE, Charles Schwab & Company, Samsung and Starbucks. In 1996 he managed crisis communications for Odwalla, Inc. during a product recall, which is credited with being the first use of the Internet in a crisis and for which he was awarded a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America.