BSMG Worldwide creates and fills two new public affairs posts

NEW YORK: BSMG Worldwide has made two appointments in its public

affairs practice.

Ranny Cooper has been promoted to the new position of vice chairman for

public affairs, and Cliff May, a former director of communications for

the Republican National Committee, has filled the new position of senior

managing director of the Washington, DC office.

Lance Morgan, president of the DC office, said the appointments reflect

overall growth there. Staff has increased in the past three years from

about 30 in 1998 to slightly more than 50 today.

Working out of the New York and DC offices, Cooper will report to BSMG

Worldwide president and CEO Harris Diamond and chairman Jack Leslie.

Cooper will be responsible for integrating public affairs offices in the

US, Brussels, Eastern Europe, the UK and Germany.

May will report to Morgan, who said the move from public to private

practice can be difficult, but that he expects May to adjust quickly:

'The media doesn't beat down your door when you're representing private

clients, whereas it does when you're representing public officials,' he


May has worked as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and has

hosted his own television and radio programs in Denver.

Prior to joining BSMG, Cooper served as chief of staff to Sen. Edward

Kennedy (D-MA), and in 1984, she was a senior advisor to vice

presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

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