Una Pipic has joined Edelman as senior vice president of marketing & new business development in the firm¿s Chicago office. Pipic will oversee the firm's marketing and new business department, leading strategic growth initiatives for the region. She is the former chief operating officer of the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) and its technology start-up incubator, 1871. There, she worked on strategic partnerships with local and national organizations, including Google, Startup America and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Pipic also helped launch its flagship project, 1871, a leading co-working space for emerging tech ventures. Before that, Pipic worked at Gap Inc., where she was responsible for revenue growth, store operations and talent management. She has a B.A. in corporate communications from the American University of Paris and an MBA from the University of Chicago.