Hill+Knowlton Strategies (www.hkstrategies.com) global chairman and CEO Jack Martin released the following statement, which was also delivered it to Richard Edelman‘s office:
"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Daniel Edelman, founder and chairman of Edelman. I’m sure that I join many of you in feeling the loss and noting its impact on our industry as well as his company, clients and employees, past and present.
"I had the opportunity to meet Dan and Richard many years ago as I was just beginning my career and it left a lasting impression on me, not only the many great attributes of this wonderful man, but also of a bond between father and son, working together to build a company. Subsequently, I am proud to say that I have continued my admiration and considered him a friend.
"There is no question that Dan left behind a powerful and inspiring legacy. The world of public relations and public affairs as we know it was shaped by visionary leaders like Dan and others who were not afraid to try new things or to think in new ways. The basic principles of public communication and engagement that young professionals learn and excitedly bring to bear in meeting client needs are the result in no small part of the innovation and hard work of Dan and his peers.
"Dan’s passing is a great loss for our industry. My heartfelt condolences and the condolences of all of my colleagues at Hill+Knowlton Strategies go out to his family and his network of peers, employees and friends."