Burson-Marsteller has named Cheryl Heinonen and Nathan Ballard co-market leaders for Northern California. They will be responsible for leading the San Francisco team and growing the B-M business in that area. Ballard, MD in the media practice and the issues and crisis group, and Heinonen, MD of the US corporate practice, will retain those roles as well. Jennifer Graham Clary, who served as interim market leader, will continue as global technology practice chair. Both execs joined the firm in early 2010. They will report to the firm’s US president and CEO Patrick Ford.
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Are you looking to sway policy decisions or get the ear of San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom? You should consider hiring Burson-Marsteller, since the agency has basically hired his entire PR staff.
She reunites with Newsom’s former communication’s director, Nathan Ballard, who joined Burson this past March. Brian Purchia left his post as Newsom’s deputy communications director and tech advisor to join Burson in April.
For those keeping score at home, so far this year B-M has hired a new digital employee once every ten days.
In another high-profile hire by WPP-owned Burson-Marsteller, political heavyweight Nathan Ballard joins the firm as managing director in the San Francisco office.
Ballard was communications director to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom since November of last year, and was one of a string of high-profile staffers to resign. He returned to his own consultancy, Nathan Ballard Communications (with cool URL: www.earned-media.com) before joining Burson. He brings deep connections to Democratic party politics in California in an inevitable time of change in the state.
Before putting in two years with Newsom, Ballard spent four years consulting to labor unions, nonprofits, law firms, and political candidates and initiatives. Before that, he was the Democratic National Committee’s communications director in California, worked on the John Kerry and Wesley Clark presidential campaigns, and was communications director for the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Ballard will report to EVP Josh Gottheimer. A spokesperson for Burson tells us Ballard is in negotiations to bring some of his clients with him.