Andy Polansky is Executive Chairman of Weber Shandwick. He served as the firm’s CEO from 2012-2019.
Andy also serves as Chairman and CEO of IPG DXTRA, a collective of 28 of Interpublic Group’s (IPG) specialty marketing firms across a variety of disciplines including public relations, sports and entertainment marketing, experiential, brand consulting and digital marketing. In addition to Weber Shandwick, global brands within IPG DXTRA include Golin, Octagon, Jack Morton, Current Global, DeVries Global, Rogers & Cowan PMK, and FutureBrand, among others.
A leader in the public relations and marketing service industries, Andy has delivered outstanding results for hundreds of companies around the globe. Under his direction as CEO, Weber Shandwick was repeatedly named to the prestigious Ad Age Agency A-List, and was named to Ad Age’s Best Places to Work list in 2019. Weber Shandwick was also PR Week’s Global Agency of the Year four years in a row (2015-2018) and PRovoke Media’s (formerly The Holmes Report) Global Agency of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2017. PRovoke Media recently recognized Weber Shandwick as its Agency of the Decade.
Andy has a deep passion for client service and collaboration. He led the development of Weber Shandwick’s Client Relationship Leader program, which was featured as a Harvard Business School case study.
In December 2019, Andy was inducted into the PR Week Hall of Fame. He also was honored with the distinguished John W. Hill Award, which recognizes professional achievement in public relations, from the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In addition, he received the Alexander Hamilton Award from the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), the organization’s highest award for lifetime achievement.
Prior to his roles with IPG, 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 graduation.