U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell Names Curtis S. Chin to State Department's Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy

Burson-Marsteller Executive Brings International and Public Affairs Focus



Nov 16, 2004, 00:00 ET from Burson-Marsteller

    NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Burson-Marsteller Managing Director
 Curtis S. Chin, a highly respected public affairs industry veteran with wide
 experience in the Asia-Pacific region, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of
 State Colin L. Powell to the Department of State's Advisory Committee on
 Cultural Diplomacy.
     Mr. Chin joins six other distinguished Americans in advising the Secretary
 of State on programs and policies that advance the use of cultural diplomacy
 in U.S. foreign policy.  The seven-member committee has been tasked with
 preparing recommendations to the State Department and Congress, due September
 2005, on how to increase the presentation of American creative, visual and
 performing arts overseas.  The committee is also tasked with developing
 strategies to increase public-private partnerships that promote the United
 States' national interests through cultural exchange programs.
     "I am honored to be able to serve on the Advisory Committee on Cultural
 Diplomacy and look forward to playing a part in advancing global, cross-
 cultural understanding through cultural programs and policies," said Mr. Chin.
 "Like my fellow committee members, I believe that the United States' creative,
 visual and performing artists are among the finest in the world, and look
 forward to helping increase awareness of the strengths, depth and diversity of
 America's valuable cultural resources."
     Burson-Marsteller Founding Chairman Harold Burson praised Chin for his
 commitment to advancing the use of cultural diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy
 as well as his ongoing commitment to public service.
     "Curtis has served with distinction in Burson-Marsteller offices in Tokyo,
 Beijing, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. and continues to do so in our New York
 City headquarters.  The insights he has gained through the years in the
 private sector on the importance of public-private partnerships, as well as on
 the critical role that communications can play in increasing understanding of
 and advancing public and private sector goals, will be a valuable contribution
 to the committee's work," Mr. Burson said.  "I'm pleased that he's been
 awarded this honor, and I join Curtis in believing that it is important for
 the nation to communicate, to share its cultural diversity and to expand
 opportunities for interaction between Americans and others around the globe."
     Mr. Chin serves as managing director, Public Affairs, in the New York
 headquarters of Burson-Marsteller.  He leads a team focused on corporate
 social responsibility and stakeholder engagement, among other areas.  Mr. Chin
 also serves as the firm's first U.S.-based managing director, Asia-Pacific, a
 role designed to help foster ties and linkages across the Pacific.
 Previously, he oversaw the firm's operations in Beijing and Hong Kong, and
 also provided public affairs counsel to a range of public and private sector
 organizations while based in Tokyo, New York and Washington, D.C.  During the
 Administration of President George H.W. Bush, he served as Special Assistant
 to Secretary of Commerce Barbara H. Franklin.
     The State Department's Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy is chaired
 by Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs Patricia S.
 Harrison, and meets at least twice a year at the discretion of the Chair.
 
     About Burson-Marsteller:
     Burson-Marsteller (www.bm.com), established in 1953, is a leading global
 public relations and communications consultancy.  It provides clients with
 strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public
 relations, public affairs, advertising, and Web-related services.  The firm's
 seamless worldwide network consists of 46 wholly-owned offices and 47
 affiliate offices, together operating in 55 countries across six continents.
 Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Brands, a subsidiary of WPP
 Group plc (Nasdaq:   WPPGY), one of the world's leading communications services
 networks.
 
 

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    NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Burson-Marsteller Managing Director
 Curtis S. Chin, a highly respected public affairs industry veteran with wide
 experience in the Asia-Pacific region, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of
 State Colin L. Powell to the Department of State's Advisory Committee on
 Cultural Diplomacy.
     Mr. Chin joins six other distinguished Americans in advising the Secretary
 of State on programs and policies that advance the use of cultural diplomacy
 in U.S. foreign policy.  The seven-member committee has been tasked with
 preparing recommendations to the State Department and Congress, due September
 2005, on how to increase the presentation of American creative, visual and
 performing arts overseas.  The committee is also tasked with developing
 strategies to increase public-private partnerships that promote the United
 States' national interests through cultural exchange programs.
     "I am honored to be able to serve on the Advisory Committee on Cultural
 Diplomacy and look forward to playing a part in advancing global, cross-
 cultural understanding through cultural programs and policies," said Mr. Chin.
 "Like my fellow committee members, I believe that the United States' creative,
 visual and performing artists are among the finest in the world, and look
 forward to helping increase awareness of the strengths, depth and diversity of
 America's valuable cultural resources."
     Burson-Marsteller Founding Chairman Harold Burson praised Chin for his
 commitment to advancing the use of cultural diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy
 as well as his ongoing commitment to public service.
     "Curtis has served with distinction in Burson-Marsteller offices in Tokyo,
 Beijing, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. and continues to do so in our New York
 City headquarters.  The insights he has gained through the years in the
 private sector on the importance of public-private partnerships, as well as on
 the critical role that communications can play in increasing understanding of
 and advancing public and private sector goals, will be a valuable contribution
 to the committee's work," Mr. Burson said.  "I'm pleased that he's been
 awarded this honor, and I join Curtis in believing that it is important for
 the nation to communicate, to share its cultural diversity and to expand
 opportunities for interaction between Americans and others around the globe."
     Mr. Chin serves as managing director, Public Affairs, in the New York
 headquarters of Burson-Marsteller.  He leads a team focused on corporate
 social responsibility and stakeholder engagement, among other areas.  Mr. Chin
 also serves as the firm's first U.S.-based managing director, Asia-Pacific, a
 role designed to help foster ties and linkages across the Pacific.
 Previously, he oversaw the firm's operations in Beijing and Hong Kong, and
 also provided public affairs counsel to a range of public and private sector
 organizations while based in Tokyo, New York and Washington, D.C.  During the
 Administration of President George H.W. Bush, he served as Special Assistant
 to Secretary of Commerce Barbara H. Franklin.
     The State Department's Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy is chaired
 by Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs Patricia S.
 Harrison, and meets at least twice a year at the discretion of the Chair.
 
     About Burson-Marsteller:
     Burson-Marsteller (www.bm.com), established in 1953, is a leading global
 public relations and communications consultancy.  It provides clients with
 strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public
 relations, public affairs, advertising, and Web-related services.  The firm's
 seamless worldwide network consists of 46 wholly-owned offices and 47
 affiliate offices, together operating in 55 countries across six continents.
 Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Brands, a subsidiary of WPP
 Group plc (Nasdaq:   WPPGY), one of the world's leading communications services
 networks.
 
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