Polansky: Clients Increasingly Looking to Their PR Agencies for the Big Idea


PR veteran Andy Polansky took charge as CEO of Weber Shandwick last November after serving as president of the agency since 2004. With Polansky at the helm, Weber Shandwick continues to move toward a digital-first model, as the agency recruits Web analytics experts, social-media executives and other communications specialists who don’t necessarily come from a traditional PR background. However, despite the digital lurch Polansky is quick to put traditional PR channels into proper perspective.“There’s still room for generalists in our business,” says Polansky, who created Weber Shandwick’s Client Relationship Leader (CRL) program. “We need people who communicate extraordinarily well, in the broadest sense.

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