by Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick’s work with Danone Nutricia continues to receive industry-wide accolades as the Corporate and Public Affairs team took home a gong in last night’s 2015 CommsCon Awards.  Winning in the best issues management category, this represents the 10th award won by Weber Shandwick for its crisis management work in the last 12 months.

Jacquelynne Willcox, Executive Vice President, Corporate and Public Affairs practice said it was a “cherry on top” to hit double digits in the award count.

Eliza Newton, who acts as Ms Willcox’s right hand on the account, also thanked Danone Nutricia for being an outstanding client to work for.

“I acknowledge our fabulous, longstanding client Danone Nutricia, whose trust in our team and willingness to be guided by our advice gave us the freedom to manoeuvre the crisis communications to adapt to constantly changing circumstances,” she said.

Weber Shandwick was also shortlisted twice in the people category of the esteemed CommsCon Awards.  This included Managing Director Ava Lawler being shortlisted for PR Leader of the year and Kate Fouracre, in our Healthcare Practice, being shortlisted for PR professional of the year (agency).

Leading the Australian market since 2013, Ava has steered the agency from strength to strength, expanding Weber Shandwick’s Melbourne offering and overseeing key client wins such as MasterCard, Ibis hotels, Ocean Spray and Lloyd’s of London.

Complemented by organic growth from existing longstanding clients such as Danone Nutricia, Nespresso, Zoetis and NETGEAR, Ava has led the charge to maintain Weber Shandwick as one of the top Public Relations agencies in Australia.

Ava has also been integral in expanding the Creation brand, a new and dynamic offering anchored by Weber Shandwick.

Meanwhile, joining us in 2013, Kate has been an integral part of our Healthcare Practice, achieving stellar results in the veterinary, rare disease, and complementary medical device spaces, with clients such as Zoetis, Celgene and Covidien.

“We could not be more proud of Kate. She consistently goes above and beyond for her team, the company and clients. Kate has been instrumental in driving new business leads, exceeding service and outcomes for clients, as well as instilling a highly regarded internship program for Weber Shandwick,” said Gareth Finch, Vice President of Weber Shandwick’s Healthcare Practice.

Kate has also had huge success in nurturing young talent with her stewardship of Weber Shandwick’s First Light Program.

We are thrilled with all three outcomes, as they stand as a testament not only to Weber Shandwick’s dedication, creativity and result-focused client work, but also our significant investment in attracting and building some of the smartest minds in the PR profession.

Image courtesy of CommsCon
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