BRUSSELS—Heidi Sinclair, chief executive of Burson-Marsteller’s European operations for the past two years, is leaving the firm to take on a newly-created role as head of communications for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jeremy Galbraith, who has been head of the firm’s Brussels operation for the past seven years, will take responsibility for the European region.
Sinclair was based in Madrid and was responsible for managing r offices in 17 European cities and affiliate partners throughout the continent. She will remain with the firm until the end of August when she plans to leave for Seattle and assume her role at the Gates Foundation, which aims to reduce iniquities in the U.S. and around the world and has been particularly active in addressing disease and famine in Africa.
Sinclair will serve as the senior communications advisor to Bill and Melinda Gates and the foundation’s executive team. Working closely with the advocacy directors of the global health, global development, and United States programs, she will lead the foundation’s overarching approach to communications.
Previously, Sinclair was chair of Burson’s global technology practice. She also served as managing director of International Creative Management’s new media and corporate division and in senior executive positions for Borland and Lotus Development Corporation.
Galbraith will report to Mark Penn, Burson-Marsteller’s worldwide president and CEO and will continue to be based in Brussels. He has been leading Burson-Marsteller’s Belgium market offering for seven years. During that time, the Brussels’ office has experienced strong growth by working with an array of blue chip clients.
“Jeremy’s strong leadership in Belgium made him an obvious candidate to lead Burson-Marsteller in Europe,” says Penn. “He has led an array of client assignments while providing thought leadership on a number of critical public affairs issues. I am looking forward to adding his perspective to our global leadership team.”