Weber Shandwick's Head of Cleantech Promoted, Shifts to Northern California

Oct 14, 2010, 09:30 ET from Weber Shandwick

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Weber Shandwick today announced that William Brent, head of the firm's Cleantech practice, has been promoted to executive vice president, and has relocated full-time to its Northern California offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Since becoming the first global agency to create a dedicated Cleantech practice in 2005, Weber Shandwick has been shaping this next "industrial evolution" by helping blue-chip VC-backed start-ups, mid-market companies and multinationals to build brand equity and thought leadership with industry, government and consumer advocates worldwide. The Cleantech practice's award-winning work has included corporate reputation management and thought leadership, B-to-B marketing, public and government affairs, and social engagement. The practice counts more than 30 people across the globe, including North America, Europe and Asia, and works in multiple sectors, including renewable energy (including solar, wind, wave and geothermal), power storage, smart grid, water, green IT, building, materials, electric transportation and biofuels.

"William's addition to the team in Northern California is representative of the momentum our Technology practice has been experiencing in the region," said Robert Dowling, general manager, Weber Shandwick Northern California. "William's deep experience in China and marketing communications, his leadership in Cleantech, and his background as an international journalist, make him a great asset to this team and to our clients in our fast-growing Northern California operations."

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick and launching the Cleantech practice, Brent was a foreign correspondent and editor in China, and also spent several years as an entrepreneur engaged in digital marketing for fast-moving consumer brands, feature-length and documentary film production, and market-entry consulting for a range of leading international media companies.

He currently blogs at, is followed by more than 2,000 people on Twitter @MrCleantech, and was a founding member of the Clean Economy Network. The Cleantech practice can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @CleantechPR.

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


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