Stephen Day follows ‘mentor’ Kevin Bell out of revamped Burson-Marsteller

Written by David Singleton on 21 June 2018 in News

The Tory lobbyist is understood to have departed in the wake of the merger with Cohn & Wolfe.

Burson-Marsteller UK CEO Stephen Day has left the firm a year after he stepped up from his post as public affairs chief.

Day joined Burson-Marsteller in 2014, having previously been managing director of Portcullis Public Affairs. The agency named Day as CEO of its UK operations in July last year.

However, it has now emerged that Day quietly left the firm over a month ago – around the same time that veteran Tory lobbyist Kevin Bell announced that he was to stand down from his post as worldwide president at the firm, now called Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

Bell is said to have been a mentor to Day, who was briefly the youngest Conservative councillor in the country at the age of 21.

In a 2015 interview with Public Affairs News, Bell talked up his fellow Tory lobbyist saying: “If you go to Starbucks or Café Nero, coffee's going to be £2.25 or whatever. But occasionally you want to go and have a £6 coffee. Stephen’s quite good at selling what I call the £6 coffee.”

Day could not be reached for comment while Burson-Marsteller did not deny that he had been made redundant.

In February 2018, WPP merged Burson Masteller with Cohn & Wolfe to form a new combined agency, Burson, Cohn & Wolfe.


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