CEO, Weber Shandwick; CEO, Interpublic's Constituency Management Group
Harris Diamond had a year of highs and lows, ranging from giving up a high-profile new account due to client conflict, to suing a rival network PR agency, to posting impressive growth across the PR and events firms he oversees as CEO of Interpublic's Constituency Management Group. The division's biggest agency, Weber Shandwick, is one of three firms racing to be first to hit $1 billion in revenues.
One chastening blow to that ambition was the Kellogg account, which Weber won in October only for a client of a sister IPG ad agency to cry foul over a perceived conflict. The irony of the business ending up at Edelman, which established a second conflict shop to avoid clashes with existing clients at Edelman and sister firm Zeno, was not lost on Diamond. The gaining of Diet Pepsi, BAE, and Cargill softened the blow.
Diamond's influence on the PR economy is proven by the numbers and this was demonstrated by double-digit growth across all major regions at Weber and 9% organic growth at GolinHarris. Those performances led some pundits to wonder whether Diamond is one day set for a larger role in the IPG empire.
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