Interpublic today named Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky chairman/CEO of its constituency management group, succeeding Frank Mergenthaler, who is retiring as CFO at the end of year.
Weber Shandwick global president Gail Heimann takes over the helm from Polansky, who will become executive chairman of Interpublic’s PR flagship. Jack Leslie will remain chairman.
The CMG group includes Weber Shandwick, DeVries Global, Rogers & Cowan, Jack Morton, Octagon, Current Global and Golin.
Polansky, who began his career as a journalist, took over Weber Shandwick from Harris Diamond in 2012.
Michael Roth, IPG CEO, called Polansky "a collaborative leader with a strong commitment to driving business results and core values and who has consistently evolved our offerings to stay ahead of client needs.”
Heimann, global president since 2013, “is a leading strategist, creative powerhouse and a stand-out in the industry who inspires risk-taking work that drives long-term results for clients," according to Polansky.
Roth credits the duo for leading “the transformation of the industry’s top PR firm in a new era of marketing communications."