Chief Executive Officerapolansky@webershandwick.com
Andy Polansky is Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global public relations firms with offices in 78 cities across 34 countries. Andy was named CEO in November 2012 after serving as global president since March 2004.
Andy has a long track record of outstanding client and business results. Under his direction, Weber Shandwick’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative approaches and creative and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was named to the prestigious Advertising Age Agency A-List in 2014 and 2015, appearing for two consecutive years as the only PR firm on the list. Weber Shandwick also was PRWeek’s 2016 Agency of the Year, PRWeek’s 2015 Global Agency of the Year and The Holmes Report‘s 2015 and 2014 Global Agency of the Year. In addition, the firm was recognized as a Best Place to Work by Advertising Age in 2015 and 2014 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014.
Over the past few years, Andy has guided Weber Shandwick to an industry-leading position in digital, social media and content marketing. The firm also has been recognized as the top Corporate Responsibility Advisory Firm by CR Magazine.
Andy has a deep passion for client service and collaboration. He led the development of Weber Shandwick’s Client Relationship Leader (CRL) program, which has been featured as a Harvard Business School case study. He serves as a senior strategist on a number of corporate client engagements, and programs Andy has developed have won numerous industry awards.
Andy was named PRWeek’s Global Professional of the Year (Agency) in 2015, and received the prestigious Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations’ Milestones in Mentoring Award in October 2014. These honors reflect his people-centric leadership and long-standing personal commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2010, Andy was named to the PR News Hall of Fame.
Andy spearheaded the development of the firm’s global Making an Impact program, which encompasses pro bono community outreach programs that Weber Shandwick supports. In addition, Andy serves on the Board of Directors for The Ad Council, a private, nonprofit organization that produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns on behalf of nonprofit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, community wellbeing and strengthening families.
From 2010 to 2012 Andy served as chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms, the U.S. trade association for public relations agencies. Andy also is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and The Seminar. He also has served as an Institute for Public Relations (IPR) trustee and on the board of the PRSA Foundation. Andy also has served as a non-executive director of Freeplay Energy, a global supplier of clean, off-the-grid energy products.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick (as a member of a firm then known as Bozell Public Relations), Andy was a municipal reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times in Levittown, PA, a business and feature writer for the Princeton Packet in Princeton, NJ, and a sportswriter at The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and sits on the TCNJ Foundation Board of Directors. In 2015, Andy received the Alumni Citation Award, which is bestowed upon an alumnus who has shown exceptional pride and commitment to the college and has served as a positive role model after graduating from TCNJ.