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NEW YORK – Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky was recognised with The Holmes Report’s Individual Achievement Award at the 2016 North America SABRE Awards in New York. Celebrating Polansky’s successful career and his leadership within the public relations industry, Holmes Report Founder & CEO Paul Holmes highlighted the culture of collaboration that Polansky has helped build at Weber Shandwick, his work to better the industry as part of the Ad Council, Arthur Page Society, Institute for Public Relations and PRSA Foundation, and his deep commitment to diversity & inclusion at Weber Shandwick and across the industry broadly.
“Since taking over as chief executive officer at Weber Shandwick in 2012, Andy Polansky has helped to build it into perhaps the most complete public relations agency in the world, one with great strength in every region of the world and in every discipline,” Holmes noted.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have Andy at the helm of Weber Shandwick,” said Gail Heimann, President, Weber Shandwick. “His unique instincts for understanding how best to serve clients, his openness to seeking new ideas and his passion for championing a culture of collaboration make him the best kind of CEO and truly the best leader we could ask for.”
Harris Diamond, chairman & CEO of McCann Worldgroup and former CEO of Weber Shandwick, added: “Andy Polansky in many ways has helped restructure the PR industry into one that challenges the old assumptions about engaging people. His focus on transformative work, his leadership in building and leveraging digital technologies and broadening the talent base of Weber Shandwick are what drives the success of the agency.”
Weber Shandwick & ReviveHealth Have Strong Showing at North America SABREs
ReviveHealth, a Weber Shandwick company and one of the industry’s premier integrated marketing communications firms for health systems, health services and health technology, was also named 2016 Boutique Agency of the Year and the 2016 Best Small Agency to Work For in North America. ReviveHealth and athenahealth were also awarded for the Let Doctors Be Doctors campaign.
Weber Shandwick and its clients received a number of SABRE awards for outstanding campaigns throughout the evening, including Motorola Mobility for #ShortestPressAnnouncementEver, Chobani for Chobani Flip: The Break You Make and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) for Unbroken Hearts.
“Our promise to our employees and clients is to go beyond the status quo – in all that we do, each and every day. Being recognised by The Holmes Report on an agency, campaign and individual leadership level speaks to the strength of that commitment so deeply infused throughout our network,” Heimann said.
Earning Recognition around the World
Weber Shandwick was recently named Large Agency of the Year and overall Agency of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2016 PRWeek U.S. Awards, and PRWeek Global Agency of the Year for 2015 and 2016. The firm has also recently been honoured with several of agency awards across regions, including being named China and India Agency of the Year by Mumbrella, a U.K. Business Superbrand for the 10th year in a row, a Top Company to Work for in the UAE, and a TOP 10 Brazil – Communication Agency for the second year in a row.
Over the last month, Weber Shandwick clients around the world have earned prestigious recognition from top industry organisations, including McDonald’s Canada, WOW air, PetSmart Charities Canada and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, which were all honoured at the Canadian Public Relations Society’s ACE awards in Toronto. Weber Shandwick and The European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) were presented with an International & European Association Award for its Friends of Glass social media campaign. And Weber Shandwick client ActionAid won a bronze Creative Circle Award for the Washed Away campaign’s excellence in photography.