NEW YORK—Chris Komisarjevsky, who stepped down as worldwide president and chief executive of Burson-Marsteller in October of 2004, has joined APCO Worldwide in its New York office, where he will focus on global client strategy and provide counsel on corporate and financial communications.
APCO, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and best known for its work in the public affairs arena, has been slowly building its presence in New York as it seeks to diversity into other high-stakes, high-margin business. New York clients of the firm include Pfizer, Novartis Onology, and information services company Reed Elsevier.
Komisarjevsky joins a team of around 20 in New York, but one that now includes three former CEOs of top 10 public relations firms. He will work alongside another former BM chief executive, Larry Snoddon, who serves as managing director, and Kirk Stewart, former CEO of Manning Selvage & Lee and vice president of communications at Nike, who joined APCO in April and now serves as executive VP of the agency’s corporate communications practice.
Komisarjevsky left Burson-Marsteller at the end of 2004 after a decade with the firm,including six as it worldwide chief executive. Earlier was president and CEO of Omnicom’s corporate and financial communications specialist Gavin Anderson & Company and held several senior positions, including CEO of Europe, for Hill & Knowlton.
Since leaving BM, he has authored a book— Peanut Butter and Jelly Management: Tales From Parenthood, Lessons for Managers—with his wife, Reina and on an interim basis held the Harold Burson faculty chair at Boston University’s College of Communication.