Bell joined Burson-Marsteller in London as Global Public Affairs Practice Chair in 2014. In his new role, Bell will report directly to Don Baer, Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide Chair and CEO.
Working with Baer and other senior executives, Bell will manage across every region and practice group to drive growth opportunities throughout the entire firm. This will include continuing to build the firm’s world-class strategic communications services for clients as well as further developing its integrated communications expertise. He will operate from the firm’s worldwide headquarters in New York.
“Kevin Bell is a world-class communications professional with both the keen understanding and strong leadership ability to drive even greater excellence and growth at Burson-Marsteller,” said Baer. “His clients and colleagues all know he is a trusted counselor, a thoughtful leader of talent and an especially strong manager who will bring all of his skills to our ongoing success in this rapidly changing communications sector.”
Over the past 25 years, Bell has counseled clients across many industries in every region of the world and has supported some of the world’s leading companies, including Aviva, BG, Procter & Gamble and Tata Consultancy Services. In addition, he has been an adviser to several senior Conservative Party politicians in the UK – a number of whom are now senior cabinet ministers in the current government – and has counseled various ministers of government and parliamentarians across Europe, North Africa and Asia.
“I am excited to deepen my role working with Don and others at the firm to help reinforce Burson-Marsteller’s long-standing industry leadership in client service, innovation and talent development,” said Bell. “Together, we will continue driving Burson-Marsteller forward as the leader in combining world-class strategic counsel with cutting-edge, creative, integrated communications to solve our clients’ most important communications needs. Our firm enjoys an extraordinary 63-year legacy of being one of the top public relations firms in the world, the foundation of which is our having many of the brightest minds in the business. I am committed to the ongoing development of our talent, the most important asset we can offer our clients.”