Molotsky Leaves Weber Shandwick
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Molotsky Leaves Weber Shandwick

Barbara Molotsky, named president of the central region for Weber Shandwick Worldwide after its merger with BSMG Worldwide last year, is leaving the firm after 13 “incredibly successful years."

Paul Holmes

CHICAGO, January 30—Barbara Molotsky, named president of the central region for Weber Shandwick Worldwide after its merger with BSMG Worldwide last year, is leaving the firm after 13 “incredibly successful years,” in the words of agency president Harris Diamond.
 
Molotsky says she does not know what she is going to do next. “My whole career has been the result of things just falling into my lap,” she says. “So the plan is to keep my eyes up and my lap empty.”
 
Molotsky joined BSMG (then Bozell PR) in 1988, after holding senior management positions with Hill & Knowlton and Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. At the time, Bozell was on the fringe of the top 10 firms in the market, with revenues of around $2 million. She built the firm to be a market leader in the city, becoming the largest when it merged with The Financial Relations Board.
 
Says Diamond, “Barbara built our Chicago marketing public relations operation into the powerhouse it is today. In the past few years, she took on additional regional responsibilities and helped to strengthen our offices and groom several executives on our leadership team. She had an important hand in developing the ‘milk mustache’ campaign, and cultivated strong relationships with an array of clients in the consumer world.”
 
Andy Polansky, president of the eastern region for WSW will take on additional responsibility for the central region. General managers Cathy Calhoun (Chicago), Sara Gavin (Minneapolis), and Ken Luce (Dallas) will now report to Polansky. Dan Harrison, general manager of the St. Louis office, reports to Calhoun.
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