NEW YORK—Andy Polansky has been named president of Weber Shandwick, a role that adds global responsibility to his current role as president of Weber Shandwick, North America, and chairman of global practice areas.
According to global chief executive Harris Diamond, “We have been winning a lot of new business and a lot of it now is international. Our accounts are much more multinational than they were; client mandates are driving the integration of our firm. Andy will help accelerate that process by focusing on making sure we are delivering the best resources from around the world on behalf of our clients.”
Polansky will continue to oversee North American operations as part of his global role, but “My focus will continue to be on our people, our clients and on building our business around the world,” he says. “I’m looking forward to working with our global leadership team to build off of the momentum we have developed, following a number of new business wins and new assignments from existing clients.”
Weber Shandwick, which was built largely through the acquisition of midsize agencies in North America and around the world, has been constructing the infrastructure to serve clients on a global basis, most notably through the expansion of WeberWorks, the firm’s proprietary intranet-based account management system. Recent international account wins include Cisco, Unilever, and the Opel business in Europe.