Diana Marszalek 29 Oct 2019 // 4:00PM GMT
NEW YORK — Weber Shandwick has named agency vets Michael Wehman and Stacey Bernstein to lead its New York and Boston offices, respectively, the latest in a spate of leadership moves.
Wehman, an EVP who heads Weber’s consumer marketing practice in New York, will become GM of the agency’s flagship office, from January 2020. He will replace current GM Joy Farber Kolo, who becomes North American president in January, while retaining oversight of the firm’s Eastern operations, spanning New York, Boston and Atlanta.
Stacey Bernstein, who has spent much of this year as Boston’s interim GM, has been officially named the office’s leader. Bernstein, also an EVP, has been with Weber Shandwick for nearly 10 years, most recently as global director of digital health. She replaces Julie Hall, who left the agency in January and has since launched her own consultancy.
Wehman and Bernstein will both report to Farber Kolo.
“Michael and Stacey are brilliant practitioners and passionate leaders. Michael’s creative mettle, collaborative spirit and ability to coax greatness from a diverse team make him the ideal choice to continue to transform our New York office — and to take it to an even greater level. As a pioneer of Weber Shandwick’s digital health offering, Stacey’s penchant for innovation and eye for talent will make Weber Shandwick the most sought-after communications and integrated marketing agency in Boston — for talent and clients alike,” Farber Kolo said in a statement.
Wehman and Bernstein’s promotions come amid a larger reshuffle of global leaders, the first significant personnel moves since Gail Heimann became CEO earlier this year.
Farber Kolo’s elevation to North America president is among those moves. She will be replacing Sara Gavin, who has been named chief client officer, overseeing the firm’s key client relationships and client service model. Gavin replaces Cathy Calhoun, who will take on a new role within Weber Shandwick parent IPG’s Constituency Management Group (CMG).
Other changes include Chris Perry expanding his role from chief digital officer to chief innovation officer. Susan Howe is taking on a newly-created position as chief growth officer, after previously serving as chief collaboration officer, while Abby Gold, formerly chief human resources officer, will continue to focus on talent as chief employee experience officer.