BrandArena: Burson-Marsteller Announces Key Strategic Partnership in Nigeria

Monday 16 March 2015

Burson-Marsteller Announces Key Strategic Partnership in Nigeria

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, on Saturday announced the launch of CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria.

The announcement marks the further strengthening of the long-standing relationship between the two companies, and brings the total number of Burson-Marsteller branded operations across the continent to 29.

This follows the announcement in February 2014 of 27 branded operations, and the subsequent launch of Brainchild Burson-Marsteller in Uganda in November 2014. The full Burson-Marsteller Africa network covers 53 of the 55 countries on the continent.

“We are thrilled to be responsible for flying the Burson-Marsteller flag in the Nigerian market,” said Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, CEO of CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller. “This is a significant honour and we will ensure that, in addition to enhancing the service offering we are able to bring to clients in Nigeria through closer alignment with the global organisation, we will grow the brand and strengthen its position in our market. The launch could not have come at a better time for us and for Burson-Marsteller given Nigeria’s position as one of the strongest economies on the African continent.”

In a chat with the media, Burson-Marsteller chairperson and CEO, Africa, Robyn de Villiers said for 26 years the Burson-Marsteller commitment to growing partnerships has underpinned it’s activities across Africa. “With these new relationships, we are very strongly positioned with a pan-African, Burson-Marsteller branded network of communications consultancies, individually respected in their own countries and collectively recognised as the pre-eminent African communications network. We are delighted to launch CMC Connect Burson-Marsteller and to bring Blast Communications and Back Communications even closer into our fold”, she affirmed.
Mr. Yomi Badejo Okusanya

Jeremy Galbraith, CEO Burson-Marsteller Europe, Middle East & Africa and Global Chief Strategy Officer concluded: “Many of our clients want to grow their businesses across the rapidly emerging continent of Africa. Today’s announcements are testament to our commitment to being where our clients need us to be – notably in 53 of the 55 markets on the continent, offering world-class strategic communications services that will contribute to their overall business success.”

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