stephen burnsStephen Burns, who handled California government affairs at Chevron, has left for Burson-Marsteller's Sacramento office for a managing director slot in its US PA and crisis practice.

He will spearhead the WPP unit’s west coast PA offering, concentrating on energy, environment and technology.

Burns joined Chevron in 2002 with its acquisition of Texaco, becoming the company’s first CSR manager.

Prior to Chevron, Burns was federal government affairs chief at Enron Corp., dealing with its broadband services and overseas project.

Earlier, he co-founded the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council of 22 nations, serving as executive director of the PECC Energy Forum.

At B-M, he reports to US president Michael Law.