WS promotes Calhoun to North America president

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick promoted Cathy Calhoun, president of its Chicago office, to president of North America, effective immediately. The agency announced three other executive promotions today, as well.

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick promoted Cathy Calhoun, president of its Chicago office, to president of North America, effective immediately. The agency announced three other executive promotions today, as well.

Gail Heimann, president of the agency's New York office, is now vice chairperson of the global company, although she will retain her role in New York as well. And Susan Howe, former EVP and GM in Chicago, was promoted to president of that office, replacing Calhoun. No replacement has been named for Howe.

Ken Luce, former president of WS' California and Southwest US operation, was named president of global client management but will retain his regional management responsibilities.

The promotions are a result of WS' growth over the past 36 months, said Harris Diamond, WS CEO.

“In essence when you look back at the past three years, it's been the best three years in the history of the agency, and as we look forward, we need to have people taking on additional responsibilities,” he said.

The Interpublic Group, the holding company that owns WS, recently reported that its Constituency Management Group, the division containing its PR agencies, had an 11% organic increase over its 2007 figures.

Calhoun, Heimann, Luce, and Byrne report to WS president Andy Polansky; Howe reports to Calhoun.

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