PORT-AU-PRINCE: The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, an organization created to oversee Haiti's recovery and reconstruction following the January 12 earthquake, hired Burson-Marsteller to handle communications.The firm, which is acting on a pro-bono basis, said it expects to donate $200,000 in time and services during the four-month contract period. Work began August 1, following a competitive bid. Eric Biel, MD of corporate responsibility in Burson's Washington office, and Ramiro Prudencio, chair of Burson's Latin America public affairs practice, are leading the account.
The objective of the work includes helping the commission communicate how it is coordinating planning and implementation for Haiti's recovery. The commission is chaired by Haiti Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former President Bill Clinton.