NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick has hired Kate Bullinger as head of employee engagement and change management, a new role at the agency.
As part of Weber's corporate practice, Bullinger will help companies improve employee engagement and provide guidance during organizational changes. She will be based in New York and report to Paul Jensen, president of the firm's North American corporate practice.
Weber added the role because it has seen growth in the employee-engagement area, Jensen said. Bullinger will oversee staffers across the firm's network, including offices in Dallas, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto, who are working on employee-focused assignments.
“More than ever before, employees are an essential face to the outside world and key to the success and reputation of a business. We believe there's a great opportunity to support our clients at a very strategic level in how they engage employees to achieve business results,” Bullinger said.
Prior to joining Weber, Bullinger was chief of staff to Gara LaMarche, president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies, where she advised on leadership strategy, executive communications, organizational development, and change management. She has also served as a partner at Mercer Delta Consulting and worked at Burson-Marsteller as a director and founding member of the WPP Group agency's change communications practice.
Last month, health and medical information website WebMD hired Weber for project work for the rest of this year. Consumer electronics manufacturer Sonos named Interpublic Group agencies Weber and Rogers & Cowan its PR AOR team last month after a competitive review.
Weber did not disclose specific revenue numbers for the 2012 PRWeek Agency Business Report, but it reported double-digit growth in each of its major regions.