Weber Shandwick Names Sheila Mulligan President, Central Region 

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On August 7, 2023, communications marketing veteran Sheila Mulligan will join Weber Shandwick as our new President, Central Region.    


In this role, Mulligan will bring together key operations and expertise within Weber Shandwick – leading a broad portfolio of clients and delivering strategic, reputation-building communications solutions across Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and St. LouisMulligan previously served as managing director of Edelman’s U.S. Corporate Brand + Reputation practice.   


“Sheila is a proven, hands-on leader with decades of experience across every business sector and brand category. Her ability to apply a multistakeholder lens across every communications touchpoint makes her uniquely qualified to lead one of our most successful and dynamic regions,” said Susan Howe, President, Weber Shandwick. “This appointment builds on Weber Shandwick’s commitment to best-in-class client reputation management, strategic communications and business strategy – delivering on our earned-first approach and the business outcomes it yields.”   


Mulligan brings over 20 years of experience across corporate reputation management, transformation advisory, media relations, executive positioning and corporate storytelling. She has diverse industry experience representing clients in both the public and private sectors including industrials, financial services, retail and food and beverage. Additionally, Mulligan has led C-level advisory, thought leadership and corporate brand programs for clients across multiple industries and the Fortune 500 including brands like McKinsey & Co., Harley-Davidson, Cummins, Kohl’s and Nissan.   


“There’s tremendous momentum at Weber Shandwick right now – and having the opportunity to lead a region that is so important to me, where I have so much history, is incredible,” said Mulligan. “I am excited to join Weber Shandwick at this pivotal moment, bringing to bear my passion for strategic client counsel and operational excellence as well as my deep knowledge of the region. I look forward to making a positive impact for the teams and for our collective clients on day one.”    


Prior to her stint at Edelman, Mulligan worked for Chicago-based public affairs firm Jasculca/Terman & Associates (JT). Her political-event work with JT included the Clinton Presidential Library Opening, the American Democracy Institute Chicago and Philadelphia Summits and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s campaign launch. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for Chicago Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.