NEW YORK, December 11, 2015 – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced that Karen Doyne, Managing Director, U.S. Crisis Practice, was named “Crisis Manager of the Year” in PR News’ 2015 PR People Awards, and that Sharron Silvers, Senior Director, U.S. Corporate and Financial Communications, was named to PR News’ 2015 Top Women in PR list.
Karen Doyne heads the Burson-Marsteller U.S. Crisis Practice and also provides strategic counsel in litigation communication, issues and reputation management, and risk communication. Doyne has been on the front lines of product liability and recall situations, environmental and public health issues, corporate governance controversies, data security breaches, government investigations, terrorism and natural disaster response, legislative and regulatory battles, and myriad other challenges for corporations, government bodies and nonprofit organizations.
Before joining Burson-Marsteller, Doyne held senior positions at Ketchum, FleishmanHillard, and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), as well as serving as Press Secretary to then-U.S. Senator David Durenberger. She began her career as a radio news reporter and newscaster.
Earlier in her public relations career Doyne was named by PRWeek as one of the nation’s 22 top crisis counselors, and she has been honored by Washington Women in Public Relations as one of the leading practitioners in the Nation’s Capital. She has served on advisory boards to the National Press Foundation, the American Chemistry Council, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. She also speaks regularly at conferences and seminars and has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, ABA Journal, the National Law Review, forbes.com, PRWeek and ADWEEK.
“Karen is an enormously talented crisis communications strategist who acts swiftly and leads confidently through the toughest of reputational challenges,” said Michael Law, Burson-Marsteller U.S. CEO. “Her dedication to helping organizations repair their reputations and return to business as usual is unmatched, making her an excellent choice for this award.”
Sharron Silvers is a Senior Director in Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Corporate and Financial Practice and has more than 15 years of experience providing strategic media counsel to executives at both the C-suite as well as those who lead lines of business on both one-off initiatives and long-term planning. She advises clients across industry sectors to enhance corporate storytelling to engage broader business audiences.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Silvers worked as Managing Director and head of the Financial and Professional Services Group at KCSA Strategic Communications. Prior to joining KCSA, Silvers developed and led business and financial communications and investor relations programs at Kreab Gavin Anderson and Fleishman-Hillard. She has also worked in investor relations and client services at Sagamore Hill Capital Management, and as a financial analyst at Black Point Advisory.
“Sharron is a media counselor of the highest caliber and possesses an exceptional understanding of the stories that shape today’s news environment,” Law added. “She is equally committed to mentoring her colleagues and sharing her expertise across the firm. Sharron is a shining example of the talent that defines Burson-Marsteller and she is incredibly deserving of this award.”
Doyne received her award at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. on December 9, 2015. Silvers will receive her award at a luncheon in New York on January 26, 2015.
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 73 offices and 85 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s leader in communications services. For more information, please visit www.burson-marsteller.com