WASHINGTON: Burson-Marsteller has hired Jeremy Gaines as an MD for its U.S. strategy team and Benjamin Chang as an MD for its U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, the firm said Thursday morning.
Both will be based in Washington, D.C. Gaines will report to COO Nicole Cornish, Chang to Ann Davison, chair of the U.S. public affairs and crisis practice.
"When I took this role [as U.S. CEO] about a year and a half ago, recruiting top talent was and still remains a top priority," Michael Law said. "Both these gentlemen showcase our commitment to be a top-tier PR firm."
Most recently, Gaines was VP of corporate communications for media company Gannett, which was renamed Tegna, where he led all internal and external communications. He also spent 14 years at MSNBC as director of strategic development and VP of corporate communications.
Gaines also had two roles in the Clinton White House as a press assistant and deputy director of press advance.
Chang has also held jobs in both the private and public sectors. He has served as VP and events editor for the Los Angeles Times, SVP of communications at the Albright Stonebridge Group, and principal at the Podesta Group.
Previously, he held a series of roles in the public sector during the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, including director for public affairs and communications and deputy spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council. He was also senior adviser for strategic planning and crisis communications in the State Department’s bureau of public affairs, as well as deputy spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 2004 to 2008.
"It’s this combination of experience that I can bring to the table," Chang said. "I’m quickly learning to mesh that with a strong backbone of analytics, which forms the basis of how we create strategies."