Weber Shandwick builds out Detroit practice

DETROIT: Weber Shandwick is adding three new staffers in its Detroit office including Dan Jankowski as an SVP.

DETROIT: Weber Shandwick is adding three new staffers in its Detroit office including Dan Jankowski as an SVP.

Jankowski had been director of public affairs for Comcast's Midwest division. Prior to that, he had been SVP, global communications for Covisant, an Internet alliance formed by General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler.

Jankowski's auto-industry connections could assist Weber in going after more auto-industry business. Rumors have circulated that the agency would like to increase its business with General Motors, for example. Jankowski also has worked as a VP and group account supervisor at the Detroit office of Manning, Selvage & Lee, an agency GM works with extensively.

Chris Perry, also an SVP in Weber's Detroit office, would not comment on whether the agency expects to get more business from GM, but did cite the firm's growth. "We're growing quickly; we're doing great work here," he said of the Detroit office. "We're building the practice [with] large, multinational clients."

GM works with a variety of agencies, having no agency of record. Its senior PR executives have said they plan to continue hiring agencies with specialties that match particular GM needs and do not foresee having an agency of record.

In addition to Jankowski, Weber has added an AE and an account coordinator in Detroit, bringing its staff total there to 14.

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