Weber Shandwick Appoints Team to Fuel Integrated Client Services Across North America
New York – June 19, 2017 − Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, has elevated five senior leaders into new roles aimed at delivering more deeply integrated client services across the firm’s North America markets. Luca Penati, Rana Komar, Greg Power, Joy Farber-Kolo and Pam Jenkins will each take on additional remits to oversee cross-office units within the region. Under their leadership, offices across North America will benefit from added scale and depth, a wider range of expertise available to deliver integrated client assignments and accelerated collaboration with teams across the network.
“In North America and around the world, we’re always looking for ways to strengthen and evolve our already collaborative culture to help our clients and our people solve problems without boundaries,” said Gail Heimann, president, Weber Shandwick. “Joining forces across offices allows us to bring a richer mix of skills and expertise to clients and create powerhouse integrated teams that drive results – no matter where they sit.”
The North America leadership appointments are as follows:
Luca Penati, previously general manager of Weber Shandwick’s San Francisco/Silicon Valley office, will become president, Weber Shandwick West with oversight of the firm’s presence in California and Seattle.
Rana Komar, previously general manager of Weber Shandwick’s Chicago office, takes on the role of president, Weber Shandwick Central. She will be tapped to drive integration across the firm’s Midwest offices, including Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Louis.
Greg Power, CEO of Weber Shandwick Canada, will take on the additional role of president, Weber Shandwick North. Power’s remit expands to include collaboration with the firm’s Detroit staff in addition to leading the firm’s Canadian footprint.
Joy Farber-Kolo, general manager of Weber Shandwick’s New York office, will become president, Weber Shandwick East and will be tapped to drive growth among the firm’s New York, Boston and Atlanta offices. Concurrently, Isabel Hardy, previously senior vice president of business development, will become general manager of Weber Shandwick’s Boston office and will lead strategic growth initiatives throughout New England. Micho Spring, president of Weber Shandwick’s global Corporate practice and former Chair, New England, will continue to oversee key client engagements in the Northeast, in addition to her global role.
Finally, Pam Jenkins, who recently was appointed president of Weber Shandwick’s global Public Affairs practice, will work to lead integration with the firm’s teams located in the south, including its Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore offices. Jenkins adds president, Weber Shandwick South, to her title.
“Our offices are the epicenters where we connect – with our clients and with each other. This alignment will strengthen those epicenters and make them even more client-centric – providing not only the in-market footprint and expertise that’s important to so many of our clients, but also the unfettered access to extraordinary talent anywhere in our network,” said Sara Gavin, president, North America. “This group of leaders has been at the helm of some of the most meaningful integrated work we’ve done for clients. I’m fully confident in their ability to bring our teams closer together to strengthen our already deeply collaborative culture in North America.”
About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries, with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Ad Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.