NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, January 26, 2012 – Weber Shandwick today announced it has named Robert Dowling president of the firm’s New York office. Dowling has relocated to New York and will report to Gail Heimann, the firm’s global vice chair.
Dowling joined the firm seven years ago to lead the Technology practice in New York. He moved west three years ago to drive the firm’s Northern California operations and has now returned to New York with responsibility for growing key practice areas in Weber Shandwick’s headquarters. He has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, and has worked with many of the world’s leading technology brands including Microsoft, Symantec, Sony and Capgemini.
“Robert’s new position is a testament to his strength as a strategist, strong leadership skills, and business development expertise,” said Heimann. “He has done an incredible job of attracting new clients and marquee talent while in Northern California, and it’s exciting to have him back on the East Coast.”
Dowling assumes the role from Paul Jensen, who was promoted last year to chair of the firm’s North American Corporate Practice, and now will fully dedicate his time to further building and growing this practice area moving forward.
Paul has been driving a real surge of growth for the Corporate practice in New York and more broadly. He will continue to work closely with teams here and will be further extending his leadership across the network.
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With Dowling’s move, Tony Hynes has been promoted to General Manager of the firm’s Northern California operation. He assumes the position from Dowling, and reports to Cathy Calhoun, president, North America.
Hynes joined Weber Shandwick in 2010, bringing with him nearly 20 years of communications experience in technology, corporate reputation, and issues management. He has worked in London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Paris and, over the last decade, Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, he was the West Coast general manager of Bite Communications.
“We’re delighted to have Tony take over the operation as Robert assumes the lead role at our largest office in North America. Northern California continues to be one of our fastest-growing regions and we are committed to continued investment in this market,” commented Calhoun. “Our Northern California region draws on a diverse range of experience across the corporate, healthcare, consumer and technology landscapes.
Weber Shandwick’s Northern California operation has been on an impressive growth trajectory, adding significant new clients over the last six months across the technology, healthcare, corporate, clean technology and consumer industries. Recent client wins have included NETGEAR, a global networking company and Suntech, the world’s largest supplier of solar panels.