NEW YORK: Burson-Marsteller has hired Chris Foster, former SVP at Booz Allen Hamilton, to serve in the newly created role of worldwide EVP.
Foster joined Burson on October 13 and reports to the firm’s worldwide chair and CEO Don Baer. He will focus on global strategic growth initiatives, client counsel at the executive level, and business development.
"Every day, we see increasingly how important it is that we are able to bring the full impact and capability of the many different things we are able to do to bear for clients and new business opportunities and the like," Baer told PRWeek. "Chris’ role is to help us make sure we are doing that."
This marks the third time Foster has joined Burson. From 2007 to 2010, he was an MD in, and subsequently chair of, the firm’s US healthcare practice; and from 1998 to 2001, Foster was a director in the healthcare practice.
"What is most exciting to me is the ability to work with [Baer] in the global leadership team to bring investments, talent, and capabilities together to continue to deliver extraordinary value for our clients and imagine new solutions we think will be transformative to help us grow and better meet the needs of our existing client base," said Foster.
Before joining Burson, Foster worked in various roles at Booz Allen Hamilton since 2010.
Most recently, he was SVP at Booz Allen – a position he stepped into in April, according to his LinkedIn profile. In that role, he was based in Washington, DC, and managed teams across the firm’s global civil health, strategic communications, and civil commercial business units. He was responsible for developing and managing the reputation and communications analytics capabilities across the firm’s global civil commercial group, according to a statement.
Earlier in Foster’s career, he held leadership positions with FleishmanHillard, CarryOn Communications, and the American Association of Health Plans.