BOSTON: Burson-Marsteller has hired Christie Blake as director of analyst relations in the firm's tech practice.
She will provide analyst-relations counsel and support for clients, while also helping the practice build and diversify its client base.
Blake joined the firm September 26. She is based in Boston and reports to Jim Goldman, chair of the Burson's US tech practice.
“She has deep expertise in analyst relations, which is an area many of our clients are looking for counsel on and not many agencies have experience in,” said Sabrina Guttman, deputy chair of the agency's US tech practice.
She added that Blake was hired for her experience on both the corporate and agency sides, and as well as her work with clients through acquisitions and restructurings.
“That kind of experience is incredibly valuable for our current and future client base,” said Guttman.
Previously, Blake was a senior analyst-relations manager at business communications company Avaya. She led analyst strategy and engagement for the company's networking solutions business as well as for its worldwide channel program and Avaya web.alive collaboration service.
Blake also previously led the global analyst-relations team for Nortel's enterprise solutions and professional services businesses, and she was the analyst-relations lead for the Nortel-Microsoft Innovative Communications Alliance.
She has also worked as PR manager for Sycamore Networks, as well as at Hill & Knowlton.