Jim O’Leary

Edelman: U.S. Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Affairs Practice Chair
Jim O’Leary advises CEOs and Fortune 500 executives on how to navigate complex business, social and geopolitical challenges. As U.S. Chief Operating Officer and Chair of Edelman's largest practice, Corporate Affairs, Jim leads strategy, large clients and operations for Edelman in the United States. He also oversees a national business unit comprising advisory services, corporate reputation and business marketing teams across the country. His clients have included FedEx, Mitsubishi, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Lockheed Martin, among others.

Jim is an expert in corporate communications, analytics-driven marketing and business transformation. He has helped company leaders across multiple industries integrate mergers, separate conglomerates and successfully reposition in the market.

In 2018, Jim led the development and launch of Edelman’s Business Transformation line of business and in 2019, he launched Edelman’s new Behavioral Science offering in partnership with researchers from Harvard Business School. In 2020, Jim launched Edelman’s first-in-the-industry capability in communications technology, known as CommsTech, as well as Edelman’s Disinformation Shield offering, which helps companies monitor the “grey web” for disinformation and combat it with transparency and fact-based communications campaigns.

Prior to joining Edelman, Jim was a communications leader and spokesman for Honeywell. He was recognized in PRWeek’s Dashboard 25 Class of 2021 as one of the most innovative professionals in the industry. He was previously named to PR Week’s “40 Under 40” in 2014.