WASHINGTON, D.C.—Burson-Marsteller has hired Christine Kelley Cimko as a managing director in the firm’s Washington-based public affairs practice and will establish and lead the firm’s global defense practice.
Prior to her arrival at Burson-Marsteller, Cimko was Senior vice president and group head at Edelman Public Relations. She led that firm’s image and international affairs team, directing accounts for clients such as Raytheon, Stewart and Stevenson, FujiFilm, the Panama Canal Authority and a number of foreign countries, including Jordan, Angola, Portugal and Hong Kong.
“Chris brings to Burson-Marsteller a wealth of talent and communications assets, including her unmatched experience in defense and national security issues,” says Richard Mintz, chairman of Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs practice.
Cimko has served in a variety of senior positions on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Defense. She was director of communications for the Senate Armed Services Committee (1993 to 1997), and for the 1993 Defense Base Closure & Realignment Commission. From 1989 to 1993, Cimko served as press spokesperson for then-secretary of defense Dick Cheney, specializing in defense management, acquisition, industrial base issues and base closure issues.
A recognized expert in military base closures, Cimko is a commissioner on the Virginia Advisory Commission on Military Bases, and chairs the commission’s local strategic support committee. She also serves on the national board of the Armed Services YMCA and has provided extensive strategic counsel to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
Burson-Marsteller also has hired Laurie Rossbach to serve as manager in the firm’s public affairs practice. Rossbach, formerly an account supervisor on the image and international affairs team at Edelman, worked closely with Chris Cimko in her previous position.