NEW YORK—Burson-Marsteller has appointed Susanne Deegan (formerly Chasanoff) as a managing director and Pete Havel as a director in the U.S. public affairs practice.
Deegan has more than 17 years of experience working in public affairs, crisis communication and labor relations, and is also a veteran of New York politics. She will be based in New York and report to U.S. public affairs practice chair Mike Lake. Deegan previously worked for Burson-Marsteller from 1999 to 2007 and held a variety of posts in the public affairs practice.
Most recently, she was a mnanaging director for The Harbour Group, a public affairs firm. She began her career by working in New York politics and served as an assistant legislative representative for the office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Havel has more than 12 years of experience as a strategic planner, spokesman, fundraiser, public policy strategist and manager. He was previously executive director for Congressional and public affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and earlier was the regional political director for the National Federation of Independent Business.
NEW YORK—Burson-Marsteller has hired Erin Garvey, an aide to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom with White House and national campaign experience, as a manager for its issues and crisis group in San Francisco. Garvey, an attorney, currently serves as chief deputy communications director to Newsom, where she has served as a media-relations strategist, speechwriter, and spokesperson. During her three years of service to the mayor, she helped the administration develop a strong new media and social media operation. She also helped lead crisis communications efforts during the Olympic torch relay, a fatal tiger attack at the zoo, and two oil spills on San Francisco Bay.
Garvey was previously the executive director of Californians for Technology and Video Choice, where she led communications and legislative strategy for a statewide campaign to improve fiber optics networks.