Leading Academic and Award-Winning Journalist Joins U.S. Staff

NEW YORK, August 13, 2015 – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced that Brett Pulley has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Pulley will work closely with senior leadership to build business and strengthen client relationships.

Pulley is the Dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, a 147-year-old historically black university in southeastern Virginia. Before joining the university in 2012, Pulley spent three years covering the media and entertainment industries at Bloomberg L.P., the global information services, news and digital media company. Formerly a Senior Editor at Forbes, Pulley wrote many cover stories for the magazine on topics ranging from the legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to the entertainment giant The Walt Disney Co. Earlier in his career, Pulley spent five years at The New York Times as a national correspondent and as a local reporter covering politics and economic development. His work at The Times was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He also spent five years as a correspondent at The Wall Street Journal covering the airline industry and national urban affairs.

“Brett is an extraordinary addition to Burson-Marsteller, as he joins us with decades of experience as an award-winning journalist, author and educator,” said Michael Law, U.S. CEO, Burson-Marsteller, to whom Pulley will report. “His diverse background across journalism and academia and his commitment to mentoring the next generation of communications professionals will be extraordinary assets to our clients and staff. We are thrilled to have an individual of Brett’s caliber join our firm.”

“Brett’s deep experience working in and covering the world’s most influential media businesses has given him an unparalleled understanding of the dramatic forces transforming the world of news and information,” said Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO, Burson-Marsteller. “His insights, coupled with his great judgment, far-reaching network and management experience at one of America’s top communications schools will make Brett an extraordinary resource at Burson-Marsteller. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Pulley has received numerous journalism awards, including two first place annual prizes from the National Association of Black Journalists, one in 1994 and another in 2002. He has appeared frequently as a guest on television programs, providing commentary and insight on media and entertainment industry issues, and is the author of “The Billion Dollar BET” (John Wiley & Sons, April 2004), a book that takes an in-depth look at Black Entertainment Television and its founder Robert L. Johnson. A native of Washington, D.C., Pulley has a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be in the communications field,” added Pulley. “Traditional journalism and media are melding with public relations, creating a hybrid profession that is as much about developing original content as it is about the distribution of information. I’m looking forward to offering my expertise in both to Burson-Marsteller’s impressive client roster and talented team.”

About Burson-Marsteller
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 leading communications services network. For more information, please visit bm.com.