Andy Polansky is Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick. Andy was named CEO in November 2012 after serving as global president since March 2004.
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, Weber Shandwick was twice named to the prestigious Advertising Age Agency A-List and most recently featured as an A-List “Standout” Agency in 2017 and 2018. Weber Shandwick also was PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year four years in a row (2015 to 2018) and The Holmes Report‘s Global Agency of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
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.
Andy serves on the McCann Worldgroup Board and on the executive committee of Interpublic’s Constituency Management Group (CMG), which includes firms that work collaboratively across sports, entertainment, experiential and digital marketing, strategic branding, market research, public relations, public affairs and management consulting.
To drive the firm’s commitment to pro bono work, Andy spearheaded the development of Making an Impact, encompassing community outreach programs that Weber Shandwick supports globally. In addition, Andy serves on the Board of Directors for The Ad Council and serves on the Board of Trustees for the VNA Health Group, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit independent providers of home health, hospice and community-based care.
Andy received The Holmes Report’s Individual Achievement Award in 2016 and has been a fixture on PRWeek’s Power List for several years. He also was named PRWeek’s Global Professional of the Year (Agency) in 2015 and appointed to the PR News Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014, Andy received the prestigious Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations’ Milestones in Mentoring Award in recognition of his people-centric leadership and long-standing personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, 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.