Burson-Marsteller promotes its top Tory lobbyist in the UK – again
Stephen Day was praised by lobbying industry veteran and B-M worldwide boss Kevin Bell.
Burson-Marsteller has named public affairs chief Stephen Day as CEO of its UK operations.
Day steps up from his current post as UK public affairs managing director and UK chief operating officer.
It marks the second big promotion for Day in 18 months after he was given the job of chief operating officer in January 2016.
Day joined Burson-Marsteller in 2014, having previously been managing director of Portcullis Public Affairs. Before entering public affairs he was an aide to shadow trade and industry secretary David Heathcoat Amery and was briefly the youngest Conservative councillor in the country at the age of 21.
"It is a bit Tory Boy-ish, I know," he said when profiled by PAN in 2015.
Burson Marsteller claimed that under Day’s leadership, its public affairs team and revenues had “seen significant growth” and that “the practice is now market leading in the UK”.
The agency’s worldwide president Kevin Bell, a veteran of the lobbying industry, said: “Stephen is an inspiring leader who is highly regarded by clients and colleagues alike for his strategic thinking, foresight and rigorous attention to excellence.”
Day said in a statement: “I will seek to look anew at our approach to communications to innovate and grow both in terms of people and capability so that we always live up to the needs and expectations of our clients and people alike. Burson-Marsteller in London will reflect the city in which we are based by being truly global facing, dynamic, entrepreneurial, diverse and, above all, successful.”
Day takes over the CEO role from Amanda Pierce recently left the “to embrace her next big challenge”, according to Burson Masteller.