David Urban
David Urban

BGR Group has hired David Urban, executive VP of North American corporate affairs for China’s ByteDance, as managing director.

He joined the parent of TikTok in 2020 to help it navigate tricky public policy issues and communications challenges. He also advised ByteDance on ESG and corporate social responsibility issues.

Earlier, Urban was president of the American Continental Group lobbying shop, handling clients such as Zoom and 7-Eleven.

Urban made his mark in Pennsylvania Republican politics, counseling Senators Arlen Specter, Rick Santorum and Pat Toomey.

He also served as senior campaign advisor to Donald Trump during his presidential run.

BGR founding partner Haley Barbour said Urban’s “insights into communications, policy, law and politics make him uniquely suited to the BGR team.”