2015 rank: 2
2014 rank: 12
By Renee Wilson, Chief client officer, MSLGroup
As CEO of the world’s second-largest PR firm, Andy Polansky is one of our industry’s most visible leaders and has gained the respect of the global communications community.
He leads with integrity and intelligence, honor and humor, kindness and competence, all while building a killer organization that takes no prisoners. Anyone fortunate enough to come into contact with Andy knows he is a rare breed of leader.
In 2014, he led Weber to one of its most successful years, with global growth of 15% and organic growth of 12%. Not only is Andy a formidable competitor, he also had the vision to invest in smart entities such as Mediaco and full-service ad boutique Sawmill. He saw where the puck was moving and made his play well ahead of the swarm.
Besides all this, he has the authentic admiration of staff and clients, and is a friend and mentor to many in the industry. One would be hard pressed to find anyone without a good thing to say about him – even his competitors.