Burson-Marsteller China gets a new head of government affairs

Agency has appointed former nuclear physicist Dr. Chang'an Tien as executive vice-president of government affairs as western MNCs come under sharp state scrutiny

In his new role, Tien will advise clients in the area of government affairs, stakeholder engagement and regulatory matters, as well as contribute to the growth of Burson-Marsteller China’s government affairs team.

A veteran business executive with a PhD in Nuclear Physics, Tien was previously chief representative for Fedex in China. Prior to that he was vice-president, government relations for Ford and chief representative for Siements KWU. He holds several advisory roles for prominent NGOs, including the China Association of Mayors and the US-China Education Trust, and is a guest professor at Tsing Hua and Shang Dong University.

According to Daisy King, president of Burson-Marsteller China, Tien will "focus on government affairs, business development and strategic client counsel".

Tien’s appointment comes at a time when western multinationals operating in China are finding their local operations coming into sharp scrutiny by authorities as part of their drive against corruption.

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