NEW YORK: Burson-Marsteller has named Ann Davison chair of its US public affairs and crisis practice, effective June 16.
She will report to US CEO Dave DenHerder and US president Michael Law.
Davison will replace Steve Lombardo, who was appointed chief communications and marketing officer by the Koch Companies Public Sector earlier this year.
She will join Burson from Vox Global, where she was senior partner and MD, working with corporate and nonprofit clients since 2008. Before that, Davison spent seven years at Fleishman-Hillard, most recently as senior partner and deputy GM.
Before moving to the agency world, Davison was communications director for the Globe Program from 1995 to 2000. The Clinton White House initiative was designed to leverage the introduction of Internet-based learning to improve K-to-12 science education, according to the firm.
Prior to that, she was a special assistant at the Environmental Protection Agency and spent six years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide in the offices of US Sens. Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham of Florida.
Davison also serves on the board of the Duke University Student Publishing Company, is a corporate partnership adviser to domestic violence prevention nonprofit Saving Promise, and the co-chair of the Women in Government Relations Education Task Force.
Law said there was no recruiter involved in the hiring process.
"I think I’ve known her all of these 25 years [of her communications and public affairs career]," he said. "Nobody matches the combination of grit, intellect, hustle, and charisma that [Davison] has."