Stephen Burns Joins Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Public Affairs Practice

  Stephen Burns Joins Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Public Affairs Practice    Government and Corporate Affairs Veteran to Help Build West Coast Practice  Business Wire  SAN FRANCISCO -- May 1, 2014  Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced the appointment of Stephen Burns as Managing Director in the U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice. Burns offers 14 years of experience with two Fortune 10 corporations and nearly 10 years of experience working with international policy NGOs and on Capitol Hill. He will lead the firm’s West Coast public affairs team and will have a strong focus on energy, the environment and technology. He will be based in Sacramento and will report to Burson-Marsteller U.S. President Michael Law.  “As we continue to strengthen our capabilities on the West Coast, I am confident that Steve’s leadership and expertise will fortify our growth in the region,” said Law. “His experience in Sacramento as well as with the energy and technology industries will be a great asset to our clients.”  Burns joins Burson-Marsteller from Chevron Corporation, where he spent more than 11 years in senior roles in government affairs; policy development and implementation; executive staffing; and corporate social responsibility and community investment. Most recently, Burns served as Manager of State Government Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Manager of California Government Affairs for Chevron, where he led the Sacramento-based government affairs staff on legislative and regulatory issues and developed strategic initiatives to grow the company’s businesses across the state. Burns was originally hired by Chevron in 2002, following the Chevron-Texaco merger, as the company’s first Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility.  Burns’ industry experience has focused on complex industries including energy, technology and telecom. Earlier in his career, Burns was the Federal Government Affairs Director for Enron Corporation, where he was responsible for federal advocacy on issues affecting Enron’s Broadband Services company and international projects. Prior to that, Burns co-founded the international energy task force of the 22-nation Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) while he served as Executive Director of the PECC Energy Forum. He also was Trade and Economics Program Officer at the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation.  Burns earned his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Study of Latin America from The College of William and Mary. He also holds a Master of Public Administration, with a focus on Public Policy and International Trade, from The George Washington University. He has lived in Latin American and Asia for more than 15 years.  About Burson-Marsteller  Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 72 offices and 87 affiliate offices, together operating in 112 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a unit of WPP, the world’s leading communications services network. For more information, please visit  Contact:  Burson-Marsteller Catherine Sullivan, 212-614-4186  
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