Andy Polansky, CEO, Weber Shandwick: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 2

Andy Polansky is the epitome of the servant leader. He understands that with bigger responsibility comes a deeper appreciation of the need to be a humble and decent boss. His low-key style belies a keen understanding of the business and trusted adviser relationships with clients. He is our fiercest competitor because he knows the future belongs to the bold.

Andy recognized the opportunity to expand the PR service offer into video content, influencers, and creative. He has fought effectively within a holding company structure for the broader swim lane that may overlap the ad agencies or digital firms. He has made smart acquisitions such as Prime in Sweden to make this dream a reality. And he has absorbed all of the new players into a coherent culture of all for one, one for all.

He is a family man in the best sense of the phrase, reveling in his son’s success in high school lacrosse or visiting his older son, a sophomore in college. He gives back to our profession in leadership roles for organizations such as the PR Council.

To use a word from the old world, he is a true mensch.

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