NEW YORK—Weber Shandwick has promoted Cathy Calhoun to president, North America; Gail Heimann to vice chair of the global company; Ken Luce to president, global client management; and Susan Howe to president, Weber Shandwick Chicago. In their new roles Calhoun, Heimann, Luce and Byrne continue to report to Andy Polansky, president of Weber Shandwick. Howe will report to Calhoun.
Calhoun, who has had regional responsibility for Chicago, St. Louis and Canadian operations, will now have the lead role for Weber Shandwick North America. In addition to her operational responsibilities, she will have overarching responsibility for business and client development.
As vice chair, Heimann takes on additional responsibility for the firm’s global brand marketing practice and will serve as chief architect of the company’s digital strategy. She will also focus on the firm’s overall positioning, products and services. Heimann will maintain oversight of the New York office.
Luce, who will continue to manage Weber Shandwick’s Southwest and western regions and Detroit operations, will expand his remit for the client relationship leader program to be global in scope. Weber Shandwick’s global client portfolio has grown by more than 20 percent over the past three years and its CRL program was featured as a Harvard Business School case study in 2008.
Howe has been executive vice president and general manager of the Chicago office of Weber Shandwick. She will continue to drive strategic campaigns for some of the agency's long-standing consumer clients.