State Department Official Kris Balderston to Lead Fleishman-Hillard's Washington, D.C., Office Balderston Brings White House, Capitol Hill, Federal Agency Experience to Leading Global Communications Firm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fleishman-Hillard today announced the appointment of Kris Balderston as senior partner and general manager of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. He comes directly from his position as Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State.

At State, Balderston conceptualized and led the Global Partnership Initiative within the Office of the Secretary of State. In this capacity, he brokered alliances with more than 300 private sector businesses, nonprofit organizations and others. These partnerships employed practical, market-based solutions to advance U.S. diplomacy, further international development goals and address significant global humanitarian challenges.

His 30-plus years of experience in Washington includes tenure in the Clinton White House, where he was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Assistant to the President. In the Senate, he served as Sen. Hillary Clinton's Legislative Director and then Deputy Chief of Staff.

In addition, Balderston was Senior Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell at the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Labor, Senior Policy Associate and Project Manager at the National Governors Association, and Senior Policy Associate at the Council of State Community Affairs Agencies. Early in his career, he served as Director of the Massachusetts State Office of Gov. Michael Dukakis.

"Kris's sophisticated understanding of the intersection between business, government and cutting-edge communications makes him uniquely able to help lead our global public affairs practice in a time of globalization, great change and innovation," said Martha Boudreau, president and senior partner, U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Latin America regions. "His expertise, his creativity and his energy are a perfect fit for our office."

"My experience operating across business, government and NGOs has convinced me that progress and success in today's world will be driven by those who have mastered the levers of communications. Fleishman-Hillard is redefining what it means to communicate effectively in the 21st century," said Balderston. "The firm has a deep understanding of that dynamic and is enthusiastically embracing new ideas and innovative solutions. That spirit is similar to what Secretary Clinton brought to the State Department, and I'm excited to lead the Washington office in that kind of exciting and creative environment."

About Fleishman-Hillard

Fleishman-Hillard Inc., one of the world's leading strategic communications firms, has built its reputation on creating integrated solutions that deliver what its clients value most: meaningful, positive and measurable impact on the performance of their organizations. The firm is widely recognized for excellent client service and a strong company culture founded on teamwork, integrity and personal commitment. Based in St. Louis, the firm operates throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America through its 80 owned offices. For more information, visit the Fleishman-Hillard website at www.fleishmanhillard.com. Fleishman-Hillard is a part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc.

About Diversified Agency Services

Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com), manages Omnicom's holdings in a variety of marketing communications disciplines. DAS includes over 200 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

About Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group Inc. (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

SOURCE Fleishman-Hillard Inc.



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