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Weber Shandwick's Sara Gavin Inducted into Minnesota Business Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS, July 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Weber Shandwick's President of North America, Sara Gavin, was named to the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame by Twin Cities Business at an induction ceremony in Minneapolis this week. Each year, the publication honors five influential business leaders who are trailblazers in their fields and embody a commitment to building business in the state.

Gavin was a founding member of the Minneapolis-based PR firm, Mona, Meyer, McGrath & Gavin, which was acquired by Shandwick in 1988. Gavin stayed with the firm through additional mergers & acquisitions, and what would become Weber Shandwick in 2001. After successfully leading its Minneapolis office for over 15 years, she became Weber Shandwick's president for North America in 2013.  In this role, she oversees the strategy for clients and talent across the firm's largest geographic network, comprised of 26 offices in both the U.S. and Canada.

"Sara has storytelling in her DNA and there is nobody who can craft a powerful and engaging narrative better. And her one-of-a-kind approach -- combining humility, investment in people and a conviction to make everything we do better -- embodies the collaborative spirit at Weber Shandwick," said Gail Heimann, president and CEO of Weber Shandwick. "Sara has been instrumental in advancing our firm's growth in North America and in Minnesota, where she is equally committed to supporting the community and state she calls home. I'm thrilled to see Sara take her place in the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame."

Under Gavin's leadership, Weber Shandwick's North America operation was recognized as U.S. Agency of the Year by PRWeek for three consecutive years (2015-2017), the most awarded agency at The Holmes Report's 2019 North America SABRE Awards and named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2019.

Gavin has been active in her local community for decades; formerly serving on the boards of Second Harvest Heartland, the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable, American Public Media Group, St. Catherine University and College Possible, a national organization based in Minnesota that connects promising, low-income students with coaching and support to help make college admission and success possible. Gavin currently serves as Chair of the corporate governance and public affairs committee and sits on the human resources and compensation committees of Securian Financial, a Saint-Paul-based mutual holding company that provides a range of financial services and products.

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications network that delivers next-generation solutions to brands, businesses and organizations in major markets around the world. Led by world-class strategic and creative thinkers and activators, we have won some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Weber Shandwick was named to Ad Age's Best Places to Work in 2019 and was the only PR firm designated an Ad Age A-List Agency Standout in 2017 and 2018. Weber Shandwick was also honored as PRWeek's Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and earned 25 Lions at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Data-led, with earned ideas at the core, the agency deploys leading and emerging technologies to inform strategy, develop critical insights and heighten impact across sectors and specialty areas, including brand and B2B marketing, healthcare marketing, change management, employee engagement, corporate reputation, crisis management, data and analytics, technology, public affairs, social impact and financial communications. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com

Contact: Jill Tannenbaum
Company: Weber Shandwick          
Phone: 212-546-7815
Email: jtannenbaum@webershandwick.com


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