Weber Shandwick in Canada hires CEO; chairman resigns

Stuart A. MacMillan has been named president and CEO of Weber Shandwick in Canada.

Stuart A. MacMillan has been named president and CEO of Weber Shandwick in Canada.

Other appointments include Fran?ois Perreault as EVP of business development and Trish Ault as EVP of client services. Both will report to MacMillan.

MacMillan most recently ran a management consultancy called This Day Management. Prior to that, he served as Bell Canada Enterprises' VP of sales and marketing for the US. His hiring came after four months of talks with Weber Shandwick CEO Harris Diamond and the New York office.

"What I love about PR is that you're selling brainpower," MacMillan said.

He added: "I've been in the high-tech and telecom industries, but I enjoy the people side the most."

Ault, based in Ottawa, has spent more than ten years with the firm. She will help with national reach and regional expertise. Perreault, based in Montreal, will have national responsibility for identifying and developing new business across the country.

In related news Yves Dupr? has stepped down as chairman of Weber Shandwick in Canada. All changes are effective immediately. Dupr? joined the company through an acquisition, MacMillan said.

"He's been doing this for 25 years and has decided that he wants to slow down," MacMillan said, adding that since Dupr?'s role was mostly strategic, the firm is not currently looking for a replacement at this time.

Weber Shandwick's Canadian operation is headquartered in Toronto and has offices in Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. It employs 120 people in Canada, and represents global firms like McDonald's, Home Depot, Unilever, and Johnson & Johnson.

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