Weber Shandwick merges with sister agency McCann PR in South Africa

Marketing services holding company Interpublic has merged McCann PR in South Africa into the country's Weber Shandwick office.

Weber Shandwick EMEA chief Colin Byrne: "Exciting business environment"

The combination has been rebranded Weber Shandwick South Africa and will be led by the head of McCann PR, Linda Weaver.

The Weber Shandwick team will move into the McCann Worldgroup offices in Johannesburg and the combination will have a staff of 15 and clients including African Union, Unicef, Ericsson, GSK, Eaton, Amazon, GSMA, Isuzu Trucks, and Brand South Africa.
Jack Leslie, chairman of Weber Shandwick, said: "Weber Shandwick has for a long time recognised the potential and vast opportunities that lie within Africa, highlighted not only by this growth in our South African presence, but by our longstanding and leading network in the region spanning 15 sub-Saharan markets.

"This new collaboration will strengthen our current business, and unite the deep talent across our teams to produce the best, most innovative solutions for our clients."

Colin Byrne, CEO of Weber Shandwick in EMEA, added: "Africa is home to many of the world’s fastest-growing markets and one of the most exciting business environments for the communications sector."

Weber Shandwick provides public relations services in sectors including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs and financial services.

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