Weber Shandwick has named Tim Sutton chairman of Weber Shandwick EMEA and Constituency Management Group (CMG) EMEA.
Sutton will also continue to hold both positions in Asia Pacific (APAC), but will be based in London. The firm has also appointed Baxter Jolly as chief executive officer of Weber Shandwick APAC. Both appointments are effective September 2015.
Sutton has served as chairman of APAC for Weber Shandwick and CMG since 2007. In his new role as chairman of EMEA, APAC and CMG, Sutton will be responsible for helping to support strategic development and collaboration across brands in CMG's portfolio. He will also play an advisory role in digital and analytics strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and all other cross-brand business development initiatives across the two regions. Sutton will partner with Colin Byrne, Weber Shandwick CEO of UK & EMEA, other EMEA-based CMG business leaders, and Jolly in APAC on strategic initiatives in both regions.
In June Sutton was named PRWeek's 2015 PR Agency Head of the Year in APAC.
"Tim offers deep knowledge of the business and communications landscape in both EMEA and APAC, which is hugely important to our clients. His expertise and leadership as chairman have elevated Weber Shandwick's reputation and capabilities in both regions for more than a decade," said Andy Polansky, chief executive officer of Weber Shandwick. "As our industry and the needs of our clients continue to become more global and more integrated, Tim's multi-regional expertise will certainly deliver high value to our firm and our clients."
Jolly, previously vice chairman of Asia Pacific and managing director of Weber Shandwick Southeast Asia, has been with the firm for nearly 10 years.
"Asia Pacific is a diverse, complex, high-growth region that demands tried and true experience guiding clients through the fast-changing business and communications landscape," said Polansky. "Baxter's cross-sector, cross-market expertise in the region is invaluable. He is an inspiring leader to our team and a trusted advisor to our clients, and we look forward to his continued leadership guiding our efforts in the region."
Weber Shandwick has experienced strong growth and top industry recognition in Asia Pacific in recent years, with the business now encompassing ten markets and growing three-fold since 2009.