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Burson’s COO Heading to Bloomberg

Richard Powell Jr., Burson-Marsteller’s worldwide COO and chair of the firm’s global corporate practice, is heading to Bloomberg to serve as that company’s chief communications officer.

Powell will oversee Bloomberg’s comms strategy and infrastructure as it expands in both new and existing markets. He will report to Bloomberg’s head of government relations and public affairs, Kevin Sheekey.

Burson’s statement, which talks about who will be handling Powell’s responsibilities, is after the jump.

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Bloomberg PR Chief Judith Czelusniak Out

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Exclusive: Judith Czelusniak, Chief Communications Officer for Bloomberg, is no longer with the company, PRNewser has confirmed. Czelusniak had been with Bloomberg for six years. She previously worked at Hill & Knowlton.

Pam Snook, who was hired by Bloomberg in March to lead up product PR, told PRNewser, “Judith has left the company. We wish her well and thank her for her service to the company.”

Kevin Sheekey is now leading up communications at Bloomberg. He returned to the company after eight years in New York City government and politics, most recently as New York City Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs. He previously worked at Bloomberg from 1997 to 2001.

Sheekey has extensive political experience, having served as a chief of staff in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, most notably for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whom he served as press secretary.

UPDATE: As FishbowlNY notes, Czelusniak was quoting the Ramones song “Judy is a Punk” in her tweet.

Howard Wolfson, The Bloomberg Campaign’s “High-Profile Attack Dog”

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Michael Bloomberg won a third term as New York City mayor tonight, defeating Democratic challenger Bill Thompson in a race that was much closer than his last campaign against Fernando Ferrer. This despite Bloomberg being predicted to spend almost $100 million on his campaign, which is already, “the most expensive self-financed campaign in United States history,” according to NY1.

The New York Times reports that when first planning Bloomberg’s re-election, his top guru Kevin Sheekey, “urged him to quickly send a warning to potential challengers. He suggested recruiting a high-profile attack dog for the campaign and disclosing it to the press. The choice was obvious: Howard Wolfson, the combative former communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s presidential run.”

Indeed Wolfson had a busy day in the press, forcing updates to Daily News stories at 7pm and appearing on NY1, in addition to his multitude of other duties running PR for the mayor’s campaign. Wolfson made waves last July when he joined Fox News as a contributor. He also had somewhat of a fallout with Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn in the wake of the aforementioned Clinton presidential campaign. Can Wolfson count Bloomberg squeaking buy as a win? No doubt he’ll try.