NEW YORK— Andy Polansky, president of Weber Shandwick, has been named chair of the board at the Council of Public Relations Firms. Polansky has been with the firm for more than 20 years, and was named to his current global role in March 2004, after leading the firm’s North American business.
\Joining Polansky as executive officers are public relations agency principals Ken Eudy (Capstrat) as treasurer, Laura Tomasetti (360 Public Relations) as secretary, and Margery Kraus (APCO Worldwide) who is immediate past chair of the Council.
The Council also announced the election of its new board members, all CEOs/principals of their firms Amy Binder (RF Binder Partners), Sharon Linhart (Linhart Public Relations), Elise Mitchell (Mitchell Communications Group), Gary Stockman (Porter Novelli) and Janet Tyler (Airfoil Public Relations).
Continuing directors are Christine Barney (rbb Public Relations), Tom Coyne (Coyne Public Relations), David Fuscus (Xenophon Strategies), Donna Imperato (Cohn & Wolfe), Ken Makovsky (Makovsky + Company), Becky Powell-Schwartz (The Powell Group), Jennifer Prosek (CJP Communications), Dave Senay (Fleishman-Hillard) and Melissa Waggener Zorkin (Waggener Edstrom Worldwide).
“The Council provides an important service to U.S. public relations firms,” says Polanksy. “As our industry continues to expand and evolve, we are increasingly playing on a bigger stage, which means not only having higher level strategic interaction with our clients, but finding and retaining the kind of talent required to thrive in such a competitive marketplace.
“My focus as chair will be to make sure the Council continues to raise its game, on all fronts, to the match the needs of the industry and our members.”