Frank Ahrens, vice president of global corporate communications for Hyundai Motor and a former reporter and editor at the Washington Post, will join BGR Public Relations as a Vice President early next year.
Ahrens has worked for Hyundai Motor in Seoul, South Korea, since 2010, first as a director and then as a vice president. At the Washington Post, he was a reporter and editor for 18 years, much of that time in the business section.
“Frank brings a great deal of public relations and journalistic experience to our growing team,” said Jeff Birnbaum, President of BGR PR. “During his many years at the Washington Post, Frank covered everything from the Federal Communications Commission to the financial crisis of 2008. At Hyundai, he led the company’s public relations efforts worldwide. BGR PR’s clients will be well served by Frank’s experience as a reporter, editor and advocate.”
BGR Founding Partner Governor Haley Barbour said Ahrens fits the BGR model of providing top-level expertise to the specialized needs of its clients. “We are excited Frank will be joining the BGR team,” Governor Barbour said. “Having worked on both sides of the equation as a journalist and an advocate, Frank brings the kind of unique experience that sets BGR apart. We look forward to him joining us at the turn of the year.”
“His broad background internationally and in the U.S. make him an ideal addition to the thriving BGR PR practice,” added Lanny Griffith, the chief executive officer of BGR Group, the parent of BGR PR.
“I’m delighted to join Jeff and the BGR PR team, and to come home to Washington,” Ahrens said. “This is a terrific opportunity to use my skills and experience to tell powerful stories for our clients.”
At Hyundai, Ahrens created the company’s first English-language corporate media site including a blog, Twitter feed and media library, and produced engaging digital content targeted at auto industry influencers. He also worked closely with Hyundai government affairs offices in Washington, D.C., and Brussels on breaking and long-range issues including labor, energy and trade.
From 1992-2010, Ahrens served as a reporter and editor responsible for journalists across multiple beats at the Washington Post. As a reporter, he covered the global financial crisis of 2008 and appeared often as an issue expert on cable news channels. Prior to that, he covered the media and entertainment industries as well as the FCC. He was also a sports editor.
Ahrens will be joined in Washington by his wife, Rebekah, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer; their daughter, Annabelle Jubilee, a toddler; and his dog, Chairman, a Labrador.
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Frank Ahrens, Principal, BGR Public Relations