General Motors Names Weber Shandwick a 2019 Supplier of the Year
General Motors recognized Weber Shandwick among its most innovative partners for 2019 in its annual Supplier of the Year awards.
Now in its 28th year, the awards celebrate suppliers that distinguish themselves by going above and beyond General Motors’ requirements, providing customers with the most innovative technologies and highest quality in the automotive industry. One hundred and sixteen partners were recognized from 15 countries, representing less than 1 percent of General Motors’ global partners.
In receiving the honor, Weber Shandwick is the first communications firm to be recognized in the awards’ history.
“Our decades-long partnership with General Motors is one we’re proud of every day, but today is a particularly prideful one as we become the first PR-born firm to be recognized in its Supplier of the Year awards – which represents the highest echelon of its partners,” said Weber Shandwick president and CEO Gail Heimann. “This is an extraordinary honor that reflects the breakthrough work that happens with deeply-rooted, collaborative relationships like ours with GM.”
Weber Shandwick serves as the communications agency of record for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Communications. In 2019, the agency helped General Motors launch the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-ups, unveil the new 2020 mid-engine Corvette via livestream to nearly 300,000 viewers in 140 countries, and garner an “Award of Excellence” star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the Chevrolet Suburban – the first vehicle ever to receive the award, celebrated for its cinematic excellence and wide variety of roles in more than 1,750 films since 1952.
Acknowledging the role of General Motors and its partners in the response to COVID-19, Shilpan Amin, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, remarked:
“We also believe it’s important at this point in time to thank our entire supply base for their efforts the last few months to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Not only have we been able to safely restart our manufacturing operations, our suppliers played a key role in assisting our initiatives to increase the supply of ventilators and personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers to help save lives and keep communities safe.”