Ann Davison Joins Burson-Marsteller as U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice Chair

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Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today announced that Ann Davison has been named Chair, U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis practice, effective June 16. Davison will work closely with U.S. CEO Dave DenHerder and U.S. President Michael Law helping Burson-Marsteller’s diverse client portfolio achieve critical objectives in today’s dynamic communications and public policy environment.

For the past 25 years, Davison has led public policy, corporate reputation, advocacy and public education campaigns for elected officials, Fortune 100 global organizations, non-profits and private foundations.

“Ann has considerable experience building strategic communications campaigns in the public and private sectors and is regarded as a trusted counselor and decisive leader who brings great insights and fresh ideas,” said Law. “Her successful track record of client service and business development makes her the perfect choice to grow and steer our renowned Public Affairs and Crisis practice.”

Davison joins Burson-Marsteller from VOX Global, where she served as senior partner and managing director, working with corporate and non-profit clients to advance their reputation and advocacy goals since 2008. Before that, she spent seven years with FleishmanHillard, most recently as senior partner and deputy general manager, managing multimillion dollar accounts in the agency’s Washington, D.C. and Miami offices. Throughout her career, she has passionately guided clients in applying social marketing and campaign strategies to shape beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in pursuit of making an impact on people and policies.

From 1995 to 2000, Davison was communications director for The GLOBE Program, an initiative of the Clinton-Gore White House designed to leverage the introduction of Internet-based learning to improve K-12 science education. Earlier in her career, she was a special assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked on the development of major food safety reform proposals. She also spent six years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide in the offices of U.S. Senators Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham of Florida.

“In the face of political paralysis, corporate America is taking the lead on traditional public policy issues, such as health, safety, economic growth, cybersecurity and environmental management, in order to create a more predictable business climate,” Davison said. “At the same time, government agencies and private foundations are looking to communication and engagement strategies - incubated in the private sector - to diffuse critics and rally the public behind their agendas. It’s a great time to be in the public affairs business where we can help clients in all sectors pursue their goals with greater effectiveness and impact.”

Davison earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an M.A. in American Government from The Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Duke University Student Publishing Company; is a corporate partnership advisor to domestic violence prevention non-profit Saving Promise; and the Co-Chair of the Women in Government Relations Education Task Force.

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 72 offices and 87 affiliate offices, together operating in 112 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (WPPGY), the world’s leading communications services network. For more information, please visit

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