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Claudia Patton takes regional role with Edelman PR firm

By Maria Saporta

One of Atlanta’s top public relations professional — Claudia Patton — is on her way up.

The Edelman firm has promoted Patton as president of Edelman’s Southeast region. She will oversee the Edelman office in Atlanta and Orlando as well as the eight-state Southeast region.
Before her promotion, Patton has been president and general manager of Edelman Atlanta. She has been in the public relations industry since 1982 when she started the Headline Group firm.

Edelman acquired the Headline Group in 2002. In 2007, Edelman expanded into the Orlando market.

“Claudia and the Atlanta team have delivered quality work for clients that has been recognized at the local and national level,” Matt Harrington, U.S. president and CEO of Edelman, said in a statement. “This doesn’t just happen; it is a by-product of strong vision, commitment and leadership.”

In her new role, Patton will continue to expand the firm’s reach in the Southeast. She also will share her leadership and managerial skills with other Edelman offices around the country, Harrington continued.

Edelman has about 70 employees in the Southeast and is considered one of the larget public relations firms in the region.

Internationally, the firm has more than 3,200 employees in 51 offices around the world. Edelman describes itself as the “world’s leading independent public relations firm.”

The global CEO is Richard Edelman.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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