Stephen Burns Joins Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Public Affairs Practice
Government and Corporate Affairs Veteran to Help Build West Coast Practice
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
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.
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 bm.com.
Catherine Sullivan, 212-614-4186
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