BLOOMINGTON, MN—The Twin Cities office of Weber Shandwick has added retired Col. Richard “Denny” Shields as vice president in the corporate, community and public affairs practice group. Shields brings to his new position a long history with the U.S. Armed Services and will play a key leadership role on Weber Shandwick’s U.S. Army account team.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Shields was director of public affairs for the Minnesota Air and Army National Guard, where he spent 14 years.
In addition, the firm has added named Lee-Ann Murphy as vice president in the healthcare practice in its Cambridge, Mass., office. Murphy comes to Weber Shandwick with a decade of product communications experience in therapeutic areas, including oncology supportive care, arthritis, nephrology, infectious disease, osteoporosis and dermatology.
Most recently she worked at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, where she provided strategic counsel, brand support and consumer education for Merck Vaccines Division, specifically for ProQuad, Merck’s combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella and for Varivax, varicella vaccine.
Finally, Weber Shandwick has promoted Paul Andrew to vice president, also in Cambridge. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick as director of strategic media, Andrew served as a consultant at Hattaway Communications for four years. Prior to that, he was a special adviser to Chancellor Gordon Brown in Tony Blair’s administration.