By Greg Hazley
Richard Powell Jr., chief operating officer for Burson-Marsteller, has been named chief communications officer for Bloomberg L.P., based in New York, to oversee the expansion of the media company's communications strategy and infrastructure.
He takes the post vacated by Judith Czelusniak last year after six years.
Powell, a former managing director for Quinn Gillespie & Associates, reports to Kevin Sheekey, head of government relations and public affairs.Peter Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg, cited among Powell's assets his experience in international communications and finance.
Powell returned to Burson in 2007 after a previous seven-year stint during the 1990s.
In a statement, B-M offered congratulations to Powell, who will be leaving the firm in mid-January. B-M said he has been a "trusted counselor" to CEO Mark Penn and has also helped lead and grow its relationships with several key global clients.
Powell's duties will be distributed among two vice chairs, Don Baer and Karen Hughes, executive VP Jay Leveton, regional CEOs, the firm's CFO and global HR team.
He handled public affairs and corporate communications assignments for QG&A for clients like Bank of America, HP and Zurich Financial Services. He also managed its international business and played a role in its acquisition by WPP in 2004.
He previously worked in the venture capital sector in D.C. and New York.
Bloomberg counts 12,500 employees across 137 offices globally.