Russell Dubner
Russell Dubner

Edelman vice chairman Russell Dubner is exiting the No. 1 independent firm in December after a 28-year run.

He handled corporate development and chaired Edelman’s Trust Institute, which was launched in June, as a learning laboratory for trust-building between companies, institutions, brands and people.

Dubner also was in charge of DJE Holdings’ sector-specialist agencies, Revere, Salutem, Edifi and Edible. He also counseled key clients such as PwC, Genentech and Nationwide.

A spokesperson said Edelman is grateful for everything Dubner has done for the firm over the years and those contributions helped power the growth of the firm.

Edelman will name a new chair for ETI and head of the sector firms in the coming weeks.

In his departure memo, Dubner wrote that he is leaving Edelman “in a strong position, ahead of the curve and leading the market.”