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