Chief Executive Officerapolansky@webershandwick.com
Andy Polansky is Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations agency with offices in 81 countries around the world. Andy has been with the agency for nearly 30 years, and was named CEO in November 2012, after serving as global president since March, 2004. Weber Shandwick in 2012 was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report, topped The Holmes Report Global Creativity Index and was named PR News Digital Agency of the Year. Weber Shandwick also has been recognized as an Agency of the Decade and A-List Agency by Advertising Age and one of the top firms to work in social media by Mashable. The firm also has won numerous “best place to work” awards around the world.
Andy 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 and business-to-business client engagements, and has particular expertise working with diversified industrial, financial services and technology clients.
Programs Andy has developed have won numerous industry awards, and in 2010 he was named to the PR News Hall of Fame.
Andy from 2010-2012 served as chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms, which seeks to advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and firms’ value as strategic business partners. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), an independent foundation in the field of public relations focusing on research and education. Andy also is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and The Seminar.
Andy also has served as a non-executive director of Freeplay Energy, a leading 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.
In his own words Polansky reveals what inspired his 30 year dedication to Weber Shandwick, and details why the agency continues to set the standard for engagement and innovation on an industry wide scale.