Edelman Opens Public Affairs Offices in Rome and Berlin
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Edelman Opens Public Affairs Offices in Rome and Berlin

Edelman has opened two new public affairs offices in Europe—in Berlin and Rome—and added Nicholas Burns, professor at Harvard University and the former U.S. under secretary of state, to chair its new global public affairs advisory board.

Paul Holmes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Edelman has opened two new public affairs offices in Europe—in Berlin and Rome—and added Nicholas Burns, professor at Harvard University and the former U.S. under secretary of state, to chair its new global public affairs advisory board. Edelman’s worldwide public affairs practice has grown approximately 55 percent in the last two years and now represents 14 percent of the firm’s global revenue.

 

The Berlin office is headed by Bernd Buschhausen, who has held senior positions in German public affairs consultancies in Bonn and Berlin since 1998.

 

The Rome office is a joint venture with local consultancy, VerA, established in 2006 and headed by Francesco Schlitzer, managing director, and Mariella Palazzolo, partner. Schlitzer is a former Italian Ministry of Interior civil servant who has worked in Italian public affairs since 1998. Palazzolo, formerly director of public affairs at RETI, has been a consultant since 2003.

 

Burns, meanwhile, will help Edelman expand its global activities on international political, economic and business issues, chairing a global advisory board of top-level international representatives. Until his retirement earlier this year, Burns was

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