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Interpublic Names Andy Polansky Chief Executive Officer Of Weber Shandwick

The Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) announced today that Andy Polansky has been named Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading public relations companies.

Polansky has served as President of Weber Shandwick since March 2004. The company in 2012 was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report, topped The Holmes Report Global Creativity Index and was named PR News Digital Agency of the Year.

“Weber Shandwick is one of the leading brands in marketing services and public relations, with a strong reputation for superior client service, creativity and social media and digital expertise,” said Michael I. Roth, Interpublic’s Chairman and CEO. “Andy has been a key driver in the company’s success for many years, and he is recognized as a valued strategic counselor for clients and as someone who creates a great work environment for the firm’s people.”

Polansky for the past two years has served as Chairman of the Council of PR Firms. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) and is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society.

“I look forward to continuing to partner with Weber Shandwick Chairman Jack Leslie and our firm’s global management team,” Polansky said. “This is an exciting time in our business, as we transform our offerings across practice areas to meet client needs in a changing world.”

About Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries around the world. The firm has won numerous awards for innovative approaches and creative campaigns including being named both The Holmes Report’s 2012 Global Agency of the Year and the “Most Creative PR Firm in the World,” based on the agency’s first-place finish in its “Creative Index,” as well as PR News’ 2012 Digital PR Firm of the Year. Major practice areas include consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management. The firm has deep, award-winning expertise in social media and digital marketing that help drive engagement. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com/.

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draftfcb, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, Huge, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe and Partners, MAGNAGLOBAL, McCann, Momentum, MRM Worldwide, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell Ewald; Campbell Mithun; Carmichael Lynch; Deutsch, a Lowe and Partners Company; Gotham Inc.; Hill Holliday; ID Media; Mullen and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit www.interpublic.com.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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