Burson's Powell to head comms at Bloomberg

NEW YORK: Richard Powell, former chief operating officer of Burson-Marsteller, has been appointed chief communications officer at Bloomberg. Powell will be filling the role vacated by Judith Czelusniak last May.

NEW YORK: Richard Powell, former chief operating officer of Burson-Marsteller, has been appointed chief communications officer at Bloomberg. Powell will be filling the role vacated by Judith Czelusniak last May.

Burson-Marsteller has begun seeking out Powell's replacement. He will leave the company in mid-January. Paul Cordasco, director of marketing and communications at Burson-Marsteller, said Powell's responsibilities “will be distributed to vice chairs Don Baer and Karen Hughes, new EVP Jay Leveton, our regional CEOs, and our CFO and worldwide HR team."

Powell rejoined Burson-Marsteller in 2007 as COO. He had previously worked there from 1992 to 1999, focusing on public affairs issues and eventually serving as chief knowledge officer. Besides Burson-Marsteller, Powell also worked at Quinn, Gillespie & Associates as MD and co-founded VenCatalyst, a Washington, D.C-based technology incubator.

"While we are all sorry to see Rick go, his new senior role at one of the world's premier private companies speaks volumes both about him and the cachet the Burson-Marsteller brand continues to carry in the marketplace," Cordasco said.

In his new role, Powell will be tasked with overseeing expansion of Bloomberg's communications strategy and infrastructure in emerging and current markets. He will report to Kevin Sheekey, head of government relations and public affairs at Bloomberg L.P. and chairman of Bloomberg Government. Phone calls to Bloomberg have not been returned.

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