Weber Shandwick Names Pam Jenkins President of Global Public Affairs Practice 

New York – June 7, 2017 − Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms, today announced several promotions within its Public Affairs practice and Powell Tate, its Washington, D.C.-based public affairs unit.

Weber Shandwick Names Gail Heimann President, Chief Strategy Officer; Frank Okunak, Chief Operating Officer

− Paul Massey Appointed President of Powell Tate; Peter Carson Becomes Head of Public Affairs in North America –

After more than a decade as president of Powell Tate, Pam Jenkins is becoming president of the Global Public Affairs practice. Powell Tate has tripled in size since Jenkins assumed leadership of the office in 2005.

Current Public Affairs president Ranny Cooper is curtailing her full-time schedule in June after 24 years with the firm. Cooper will continue consulting with the agency and will lead special projects.

Ranny Cooper’s impact on the growth and success of Weber Shandwick’s Public Affairs practice is impossible to overstate, But after 12 years of working alongside Ranny, Pam’s presence offers the firm and its clients both a natural transition and a reason to expect additional years of success and growth.

Andy Polansky

Chief executive officer, Weber Shandwick

In her new role, Jenkins will be responsible for driving growth across the firm’s global Public Affairs network, including oversight of Powell Tate and KRC Research, a global, nonpartisan opinion research and strategy firm. She will also oversee Weber Shandwick regional offices in Baltimore and the Southwest.


The firm announced two other senior management promotions:


Paul Massey, who leads Weber Shandwick’s Global Social Impact practice, has been promoted to president of Powell Tate. Massey has proven to be one of the agency’s top innovators in corporate reputation, sustainability and risk management. He retains his Social Impact practice leader responsibilities.


Peter Carson, managing director of Public Affairs at Powell Tate, will take on additional responsibilities as head of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick in North America. Carson joined the agency in 2007 and has helped drive significant growth in the practice, particularly in health public affairs. Carson serves as a senior counselor to a number of the agency’s top global clients. His additional responsibilities will include oversight for Weber Shandwick Sacramento and expanding public affairs capabilities across Weber Shandwick offices in North America.


About Weber Shandwick 

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 79 cities across 34 countries, with a network extending to 127 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Ad Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit


About Powell Tate 

Founded by two of Washington, D.C.’s most respected press secretaries – Democrat Jody Powell and Republican Sheila Tate – Powell Tate has been one of Washington, D.C.’s leading public affairs firms for more than two decades, maintaining its bipartisan heritage while developing cutting edge programs that communicate across the political aisle and multiple platforms. Recently cited as one of Washington, D.C.’s “Best Places to Work” by the Washington Post and Washington Business Journal, Powell Tate is a division of Weber Shandwick. For more information, visit


About KRC Research 

KRC Research is a global full-service nonpartisan opinion research and strategy firm. A unit of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG), KRC Research offers the quality and custom service of a small firm with the reach of a global organization. For over 30 years, KRC Research has worked on behalf of corporations, governments, not-for-profits and the communications firms that represent them. Staffed with multidisciplinary research professionals, KRC combines sophisticated research tools with real-world communications experience. For more information, visit