WASHINGTON,D.C.—BKSH & Associates, the government affairs subsidiary of /Burson-Marsteller, has named M.B. Oglesby Jr. vice chairman. Oglesby will strengthen BKSH’s government relations capability in Washington and help to integrate the firm’s international public affairs services in Brussels, Berlin, and London.
Oglesby joins from the Office of the United States Trade Representative where he served as chief of staff. Previously, he was chairman of Oglesby Properties in Houston and has served as president of the Association of American Railroads, chief operating officer of Cassidy & Associates, and senior vice president for government and international relations for RJR Nabisco.
“From the White House and Capitol Hill, from the federal and states levels, from a trade association and as a lobbyist, B has touched all facets of advocacy,” says said BKSH chairman Charlie Black. “Importantly, he also understands that in trade, anti-trust, tax, environment and many other areas, issues are increasingly global.”
The appointment comes as speculation rises that Burson-Marsteller parent WPP will make an offer for another major Washington government affairs firm, Quinn Gillespie & Associates, and run it in parallel with the BKS&H operation, under the Burson-Marsteller umbrella. BKSH President R. Scott Pastrick, a major Democratic fund-raiser, is a close friend of Jack Quinn; BKSH founder Charles Black is close to Edward Gillespie.