Francois Taschereau Joins Weber Shandwick as Executive Vice President, Canada and General Manager, Montreal

Oct 21, 2010, 14:30 ET from Weber Shandwick

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Weber Shandwick, one of the world's leading global public relations agencies, today announced that Francois Taschereau has joined the firm as executive vice president, Weber Shandwick Canada and general manager, Montreal. He will contribute to the development and expansion of Weber Shandwick across Canada and lead as the principal of its new Montreal office. Taschereau will report to Canadian President Greg Power, who joined the firm in July.

Taschereau brings a unique depth and diversity of experience to Weber Shandwick. He has achieved success at the executive level in several of Canada's leading public relations agencies, directed corporate communications for some of the Canada's most respected companies and worked internationally as an officer in Canada's foreign service where he served in Ottawa, Bogota, Madrid and New York from 1982-1995. Since 1996, Taschereau has been a respected leader in Montreal's communications industry as a PR consultant (National, Optimum and Edelman) and a corporate executive (Bell Canada, CAE and Hydro-Quebec). Involved socially, he volunteers on the boards of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Marie Chouinard dance company and the Festival TransAmeriques.

"Francois is a strong leader and business builder whose entrepreneurial instincts will be a tremendous asset in developing our strategic direction in Canada and our offering for Montreal-based clients," said Greg Power. "I am very pleased to be reunited with a great, skilled partner who will be a national and international asset for our clients and our firm."

"Canada is a critical piece of our global network and a priority growth area for our firm," noted Weber Shandwick's North American President Cathy Calhoun. "Francois has a proven track record growing a global PR brand in Montreal and ensuring his clients receive the benefits of a highly collaborative global network of professionals."

Commenting on his appointment, Taschereau said: "The democratization of communications brought about by the Internet offers new possibilities for advocacy and engagement. This is an exciting time for public relations and the right time to join the industry's leading PR firm. Montreal is a dynamic and creative market. It is home to some of the world's greatest companies and most exciting new organizations. I look forward to matching their needs with the full resources of Weber Shandwick and to team up once again with a respected industry leader like Greg Power."

The Weber Shandwick Montreal office is located at 1100 Rene-Levesque Boulevard West, 19th floor, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 4N4. Francois Taschereau can be reached at phone: 514-589-5762 or e-mail: ftaschereau@webershandwick.com.

About Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency with offices in 73 countries around the world. The firm's success is built on its deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of Advocates - engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation. Weber Shandwick provides strategy and execution across practices such as consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management. Its specialized services include digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and corporate responsibility. In 2010, Weber Shandwick was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report for the second year in a row; an 'Agency of the Decade' by Advertising Age, Large PR Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter, and Top Corporate Responsibility Advisory Firm by CR Magazine. The firm has also won numerous 'best place to work' awards around the world including "Best Multinational Firm to Work For in EMEA" by The Holmes Report and a "Top Place to Work in PR" by PR News. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.

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