Monday, December 08, 2008

Bill Rylance quits Burson-Marsteller again

Bill Rylance is ending his two-and-a-half decade relationship with the WPP Group when he leaves Burson-Marsteller as its Asia-Pacific Chairman this year-end. This is the second time he is leaving the company. And this is the second time he is being featured in this blog.

In December 2007, just before taking over as Burson-Marsteller Asia-Pacific Chairman, Bill praised the Indian PR industry.

“In April 2007, Rylance quit his position as Asia-Pacific CEO after eight years in the role,” writes Arun Sudhaman in Brand Republic. “Four months later, he opted to stay with the agency, taking on new roles as Asia-Pacific Chairman and global development vice-chairman, and relocating to Europe. While Rylance declined to comment on his decision, sources indicate that he is considering a new venture. In 1989, Rylance departed Burson-Marsteller Korea to launch Merit Communications, before selling the shop to the WPP agency in 1999, and assuming control of its Asian operations.

"Bill made many important contributions to Burson-Marsteller," said Burson-Marsteller global CEO Mark Penn. "He brought a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit into our firm, leading the Asia-Pacific region to a new era of growth with entry into important new markets, winning exciting client assignments and achieving industry-leading professional recognition."