Edelman ups Burke to global public affairs chair

WASHINGTON: Edelman has promoted Katie Burke to chair of its global public affairs practice, effective July 1.

WASHINGTON: Edelman has promoted Katie Burke to chair of its global public affairs practice, effective July 1.

Burke is currently global chief of staff at Edelman, working with clients including Nielsen, McGraw-Hill Financial, and Western Union. She previously led public affairs for Edelman New York.

She will report to Alan VanderMolen, vice chairman of Edelman parent DJE Holdings and president and CEO of global practices at the agency.

Burke's predecessor, Rob Rehg, will remain president of Edelman Washington, the firm said in a statement, adding that Rehg has grown the office's business by 62% since taking it over seven years ago.

Burke's appointment represents “an increased investment from Edelman in public affairs, and a pivot from a multi-local to a global approach,” VanderMolen said in a statement. An Edelman representative could not be immediately reached for comment.

Before joining Edelman, Burke served as chief spokeswoman for former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's (R) 2008 campaign for president, managing the press office, rapid response team, war room, regional press operation, and national surrogate program. She was also communications director for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R) 2006 reelection campaign.

Before joining the Schwarzenegger reelection team, Burke was director of TV news in the White House during President George W. Bush's second term, working as a liaison with network executives, anchors, and producers. She has also worked as a Capitol Hill aide.

Edelman also promoted Jackie Cooper to global chair of creative strategy in February, reporting to global president and CEO Richard Edelman. She was previously global vice chair of brand strategies. Outgoing US Ambassador to the UK Louis Susman was named non-executive chairman of DJE Holdings in February. 

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