Carolyn Devanayagam

Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate, APAC

Carolyn has over two decades of experience at Weber Shandwick spanning across corporate, B2B and technology.

Carolyn Devanayagam

Embracing cultures, everchanging socio-economic and political situations, engaging with people of different backgrounds and needs is what will keep us ahead, and give us the intelligence to provide for our personal and business experience. 


How long have you worked at Weber Shandwick?

I started as an intern in 2000 in Kuala Lumpur. I was a student at Australia’s RMIT University and as part of my business degree, I had to complete a one-year attachment. I returned to Malaysia to this (I am Malaysian) and landed an internship with Weber Shandwick Malaysia. Prior to graduating, I was offered a full-time role, and started as soon as I returned from Australia in November 2002.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?

To not be afraid.

In five words or less, how would you describe your Weber Shandwick colleagues?

Warm and extremely bright. I feel there is unique vibe that cuts through all of us at Weber Shandwick, and it helps create a tribe of great people, globally.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen happen inside the Weber Shandwick offices?

The culture we have is seamless across offices. I have worked in many and traveled to a few and I find we have a seamless culture and “type” of personalities that work with the firm. It’s amazing.

If there were a Weber Shandwick yearbook, what would your superlative be?

Global Citizen


Paperbook or eBook?

Paperbook – I am of the generation where nothing replaces holding a book, and flipping through its pages

Coffee or Tea?

Hard one as it depends. Coffee is the most convenient day-time social, mood filler.

Cats or Dogs?

Cats – their intelligence and grace.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?

Don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

What’s your favorite way to unwind in your free time?

I spend a lot of time reading.

Where would you love to travel in the world to gain inspiration?

I travel a lot personally and professionally and to some of the most exotic and remotest locations. That said, I would like to go to Cannes Lions to experience what it’s like to be part of some of the industry’s most creative and brightest.

What’s your favorite metaphor or phrase to use at work or in a pitch?

“Stay above the fray” – A brilliant saying taught to me (and that I practice) by Chris Broderick. I've had the pleasure of working with Chris since 2007 and in-person when I was part of his team in the Weber Shandwick New York office.

If you weren’t working in this industry, what would you want to do?

An auditor.