Burns started his career in 1996 in the mailroom at Clemenger BBDO in Australia. Since then, he has grown to take on management roles within the agency network, including at BBDO Atlanta and New York, where he was SVP, group account director on AT&T Wireless.
On his watch, AT&T enjoyed four successive years of subscriber and profit growth and the agency produced popular and award-winning work including the "Shout it from the Mountaintop" campaign for Valentine's Day and the "You've got a Case" youth effort starring Will Arnett.
In 2012, Burns relocated to BBDO San Francisco where, among other accomplishments, he led the successful pitch for the Tourism Australia business for that office.
Burns assumes his new position immediately, joining Lesser, Craig Mangan, executive creative director, and Matt Herrmann, director of strategic planning, as a member of the agency's senior management team.