Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton, an Interpublic Group sister agency, have announced the appointment of Helen Graney as group managing director of both Australian businesses.
Graney’s extended role sees her join Weber Shandwick as the agency continues its pivot towards data-driven, human-led solutions. Her joint leadership of both agencies facilitates enhanced collaboration for select clients, expanding client access to business intelligence, strategic and creative skills, agency-wide.
Both Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton will retain their separate brand entities and maintain independent clients as well as employees.
Graney will report to Baxter Jolly, CEO Asia Pacific, Weber Shandwick and Julian Pullan, Vice Chairman, President International, Jack Morton. She will work closely with Ian Rumsby – Chairman, Australia and Chair, Strategy, Asia Pacific, Weber Shandwick, and regional lead for United Minds, Weber Shandwick’s global management consultancy.
“We are delighted at the opportunity to bring someone of Helen’s calibre into the Weber Shandwick business,” said Jolly. “Her disciplined, ambitious and forward-thinking approach to leadership of clients and people is something I’ve admired for a long time and I am truly excited at the potential she brings to our own transformation journey.”
With more than 20 years’ experience across integrated marketing, brand experience, and event management, Graney has been managing director of Jack Morton since 2009 and is recognised as one of the most disciplined, progressive and solutions-orientated communications leaders in the Australian market.
Graney commented, “In Australia, Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton have enjoyed a burgeoning relationship for several years, and particularly over the past twelve months we’ve worked more closely to bring collective solutions to complex assignments, in concert.
“Both agencies have an unrivalled passion for creating truly innovative, data-led and game-changing solutions for clients. I am looking forward to the potential to further strengthening that collective aptitude,” said Graney.
To get in contact with Helen, discuss opportunities to partner as a client, or join our team in Australia, get in touch.