Baltimore native to head N.Y. public relations office

September 26, 1992|By Ian Johnson | Ian Johnson,Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Baltimore native Andrew Cooper has been named president and chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller/New York, the largest office in the public relations industry.

Mr. Cooper, 44, joins the company's board of directors and will oversee its 400-employee flagship New York bureau, the company said Thursday. With $215 million in revenues last year and 2,100 employees, Burson-Marsteller was the biggest public relations company in the world ranked by revenues.

Mr. Cooper replaces James Murphy, 56, who assumes the position of chairman and chief executive of Burson-Marsteller, U.S.A., a new division responsible for U.S. operations.

The company has 63 offices in 28 countries and advises companies, such as Coca Cola Co., General Electric Co., International Business Machines Corp., Philip Morris Cos. and Du Pont, on media and communication strategies. Some of these companies' new interests, Mr. Cooper said, include environmental policy, health care and dealing with government regulation.

A 17-year veteran of Burson-Marsteller, Mr. Cooper worked in Chicago and in various positions in New York. Most recently, he was chief operating officer of the company. He takes over his new position Oct. 1.

He grew up in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Baltimore and attended City College. He said his relatives still live in Baltimore, adding that he is "still very dedicated to Baltimore -- and the Orioles."

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