BRUSSELS, 20 April 2015 – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced that Andrew Cecil has been appointed Chairman of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Public Affairs practice. Andrew Cecil has 20 years of leadership experience in public and corporate affairs, with a particular focus on the technology, media and retail industries. He will be based in Brussels, where Burson-Marsteller has a team of over 20 nationalities, and will lead the agency’s practice throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Andrew Cecil joins Burson-Marsteller from Amazon, where he led the European Public Policy function. Andrew previously worked at Yahoo! and began his career in consultancy. He has extensive experience leading complex, multi-market assignments on business-critical political, regulatory and legislative issues. Andrew is a Law Graduate of Bristol University and holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School.

“I am delighted that Andrew is joining us at a time when our business has significant momentum and opportunities for growth,” said Jeremy Galbraith, CEO, Burson-Marsteller EMEA and Global Chief Strategy Officer. “Andrew’s experience operating across Europe and his leadership of public policy at high profile companies, such as Amazon and Yahoo!, are a perfect fit for our client’s evolving needs and our business strategy of integrated communications.”

Commenting on his appointment, Cecil said, “I am thrilled to be joining such a talented team and look forward to serving clients with innovative and integrated communications solutions. Burson-Marsteller’s leading position in public affairs provides a great platform for delivering business growth and for further enhancing our pan-EMEA capabilities.”

Burson-Marsteller’s EMEA Public Affairs practice combines leading national public affairs teams throughout the region. The network also includes former members of national and European parliaments, political spokespeople and senior civil servants.

Burson-Marsteller was named EMEA Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2014 by The Holmes Report and described by Paul Holmes, Publisher and CEO of the Holmes Group, as a “perennial powerhouse in the European capital.”

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For more information, contact:

Katarina Wallin Bureau
Chief Operating Officer, Burson-Marsteller EMEA
Mobile: +32 473 421 141

Andrew Cecil
Chairman, EMEA Public Affairs Practice
Mobile: + 32 497 623 000