Burson-Marsteller Africa Chair and CEO Robyn De Villiers Received Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

BERLIN, MAY 26, 2016 – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm, today announced it has won four awards at The Holmes Report’s 2016 SABRE Awards EMEA. The awards honor superior achievement in branding, reputation and engagement across the region. The winners were announced last night at a ceremony in Berlin.

Robyn de Villiers, Chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Africa, was given an Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2016, honoring her early recognition that Africa could play a major role in the global public relations business and her work to build a strong network across the continent. “We are extremely proud that Robyn’s extraordinary vision for public relations across the continent and her meticulous work to bring that vision to life have been recognized with the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award,” said Don Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO, Burson-Marsteller. “Robyn’s leadership, dedication to growing her clients’ businesses and developing outstanding talent across Burson-Marsteller are unmatched.

“We are also very proud of the campaigns that earned EMEA SABRE Awards tonight, reinforcing what can be achieved by pairing world-class strategic counsel with creative, cutting-edge integrated communications.”

Burson-Marsteller’s 2016 EMEA SABRE Awards include:

  • A Diamond SABRE for Superior Achievement in Measurement and Evaluation — “Quit the Use of ‘Snus’ —The Norwegian Directorate of Health and Burson-Marsteller Oslo
  • A Gold SABRE for Best Social Media/Social Networking campaign — “#BeActive – European Week of Sport” — European Commission with Burson-Marsteller
  • An In2 SABRE Award, which recognizes excellence in various categories of innovation and insight—with an emphasis on content creation—as well as PR agency management and marketing, in the Thought Leadership category for “The Arab Youth Survey” from ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller.

Added Jeremy Galbraith, CEO, Burson-Marsteller EMEA and Global Chief Strategy Officer, “Robyn has been a true pioneer for our industry in Africa and the ongoing success and growth of our business there is largely down to her leadership, energy and dedication. I am delighted that she has received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. I am also very pleased for Burson-Marsteller to be recognised by The Holmes Report for our fresh thinking and our results-driven campaigns. These awards are a testament to our colleagues across the EMEA region who created and executed compelling, world-class work for our clients.”

About Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global strategic communications and public relations 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.

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