Andy Polansky
Andy Polansky

Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky accepted the John W. Hill Award, PRSA/New York's top honor, during the Big Apple Awards gala held last night at the Mandarin Oriental in New York.

The Hill Award recognizes personal achievement in PR based on attaining the highest standards of excellence and integrity, leadership in the development of PR, fostering/promoting understanding among people, service beyond a nominee's regular duties and promoting communication through education and the exchange of ideas.

Polansky took the helm of Weber Shandwick in 2012, after an eight-year run as global president

He led the development of Weber Shandwick's Client Relationship Leader program and spearheaded the creation of its pro bono "Making an Impact" community outreach program that operates globally.

Polansky is a director of the Ad Council and trustee at VNA Health Group, a nonprofit provider of home health, hospice and community-based care.

PRSA/NY has presented the Hill Award, which is named after the co-founder of Hill & Knowlton, since 1977.