BOSTON: Weber Shandwick has picked Julie Hall as EVP and GM of its Boston office.
Hall joined Weber on September 4 and reports to Joy Farber Kolo, president of Weber Shandwick East. She will also work with Micho Spring, chair of Weber’s global corporate practice and of Weber Shandwick New England. Spring said almost all of the 120 employees in Weber’s Boston office will report to Hall.
The last Boston office GM was Isabel Hardy. Spring said Hardy left Weber in March to spend more time with her family. Hardy could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prior to Weber, Hall worked for a year at WuXi NextCODE, a biotechnology data company, first as a strategy consultant, then as head of marketing and communications. WuXi NextCODE representatives could not immediately be reached for contact.
Spring said Weber is looking to Hall to use her recent experience to help the firm increase its presence in healthcare tech.
"She is just coming from a very innovative global biotech company," Spring said. "And we are excited to have her help us continue to grow that area for us."
Earlier in her career, Hall worked for Havas PR U.S. as EVP and chief growth officer, and was an MD at Havas before that. She also worked as EVP and partner for Schneider Associates, and worked as a VP at Cone, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Weber, part of holding company Interpublic Group, was the second largest PR agency globally in 2017 with revenue of $805.5 million, according to PRWeek’s Agency Business Report 2018.
Weber and the other PR firms in Interpublic’s Constituency Management Group reported low-single-digit organic growth in Q2, according to Weber CEO Andy Polansky. They also reported mid-single-digit growth on an as-reported basis, Polansky said. The year-over-year numbers were in comparison to a slight revenue decrease on both an as-reported and organic basis in Q2 2017.
This story was updated on September 26 to correct Hall's start date and Hardy's departure date.