Weber promotes Fry to global tech practice chair

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick has promoted Tim Fry to chair of its global technology practice, effective immediately.

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick has promoted Tim Fry to chair of its global technology practice, effective immediately.

Fry will spend most of his time in Weber's Northern California operations to boost the firm's presence in the sector. He will also continue to lead the agency's global client relationship leader program, according to a memo on the appointment obtained by PRWeek. Fry has worked with clients such as Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, and Samsung, among others, according to an agency statement.

Brad Williams, president of the North American technology practice, and Julianne Whitelaw, SVP and corporate practice leader in Northern California, will help to lead the Northern California operations on an interim basis, according to the memo. Both will report to Fry and Cathy Calhoun, president of Weber North America.

Northern California GM Tony Hynes will leave the firm later this month to work as a communications consultant.

Fry noted that the technology sector moves at a “very fast pace, requiring teams to be more agile and turn on a dime.”

He added that there is “a lot of opportunity in the tech practice,” and a goal is to “help clients and the global account teams to evolve.”

Weber CEO Andy Polansky said in a statement that "as Weber Shandwick continues to strengthen its technology portfolio, [Fry's] deep knowledge of this sector and global experience will help to enhance our service to clients."

The Interpublic Group agency also promoted Michelle Maggs to EVP and GM of its Seattle office. She leads the firm's global Concur Technologies account and is a 14-year veteran of the firm.

Weber promoted Fry to GM of its Seattle office, and Maggs to management supervisor there, in September 2010.

It also promoted former Northern California GM Robert Dowling to New York office president last January, naming then-EVP Hynes to replace him. Dowling left Weber about three months later to join Fleishman-Hillard as GM and senior partner of its New York office and president of its Eastern region.

Hynes joined Weber in November 2010 after serving as Bite Communications' GM.

This story was updated on January 23 with additional information about Fry and Maggs and additional quotes.

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