LONDON—Weber Shandwick has promoted U.K. and Ireland chief executive Colin Byrne to CEO, Europe. In his new role, Byrne will continue to report to Weber Shandwick president Andy Polansky and will remain the lead on Weber Shandwick’s London and U.K. businesses.
Weber Shandwick in EMEA comprises 78 offices in 58 markets. Over the past four years, the firm has expanded its footprint in Europe and has won 80 national and international industry awards.
Byrne joined Weber Shandwick in 1995 and rose to lead the public affairs practice in London in 1997 before becoming CEO of the agency’s U.K. and Ireland region in 2003. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Byrne was head of press and broadcasting at the Labour Party, where he served as deputy to then communications director Peter Mandelson, and press aide to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw and other Labour leaders. In 1992 he became the first communications director of The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.
Rolf Olsen will step down as CEO of continental Europe and according to an internal announcement “has decided to spend his time doing what he enjoys the most, working on C-level consulting engagements. Rolf has been a big supporter of our desire to have a ‘one Europe’ management approach for our business. He... will be working closely with us as we go through this transition.”