Weber Shandwick announced it has named Cathy Calhoun to the new global role of chief client officer and Sara Gavin as president, North America, effective immediately. Calhoun, previously Weber Shandwick’s president, North America, has been with the firm for 21 years. She is charged with deepening relationships with key clients across practice areas and geographies. Gavin, previously president of Weber Shandwick’s Minneapolis office, has been with the firm nearly 30 years. In that time, she has served key clients across North America as she has built an operation renowned for its expertise in financial services, government, agriculture, consumer work and digital innovation. She will be responsible for the firm’s operations across the U.S. and Canada. (Release)

Also at Weber Shandwick, Susan Howe has been named president, Global Consumer Marketing, and Rana Komar has been named general manager for the firm’s Chicago office, effective immediately. Howe, previously Weber Shandwick’s president, Chicago, has been with the firm for 17 years. She will oversee the firm’s largest practice area, bringing her global experience in consumer marketing, PR and digital to bear on behalf of clients. Howe will be responsible for building client relationships globally and helping to expand the Consumer Marketing practice’s reach.

Komar has been named general manager of Chicago, the firm’s third largest operation. Komar has been with Weber Shandwick for more than 13 years, most recently in leadership roles in the Chicago office and within the firm’s Consumer Marketing practice. She will now be responsible for several of the firm’s major consumer marketing and consumer health clients, including Mars and Novartis Animal Health, among others. (Release)

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