Global PR giant Burson-Marsteller has named Kevin Bell worldwide president. The appointment is effective immediately.
Bell joined Burson in late 2013 as global public affairs practice chair in London, succeeding MEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith. Bell arrived at the WPP property from British public affairs consultancy Maitland Political, where he was executive chairman. Earlier, he was regional president for the U.K., Africa and Middle East at Omnicom’s FleishmanHillardunit and founding director of legendary lobbying shop Westminster Strategy, where he advised a number of senior Conservative Party politicians in the UK. He was also previously a managing director at British multinational public relations and marketing company Bell Pottinger.
In his new role as worldwide president, Bell will collaborate with senior executives and work across each of B-M’s regions and practice groups to spearhead the firm’s growth opportunities and build its strategic communications services. He'll be based in the firm’s New York headquarters and will report to worldwide chair and CEO Don Baer.