April 18, 2014 6:35 PM ET


Company Overview of CMGRP, Inc.

Company Overview

CMGRP, Inc., doing business as Weber Shandwick Worldwide, operates as a public relations and communications company in the United States and internationally. It offers strategic counsel and program execution services, including marketing communication, media relations, issues management, public affairs, crisis communication, and CEO and corporate reputation management services. The company’s services also include interactive and emerging media, digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and visual communications; and broadcast and media, education, entertainment marketing, strategic media, internal communications, issues advertising, litigation support, multicultural commun...

909 3rd Avenue

New York, NY 10022

United States





Key Executives for CMGRP, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 52
Vice Chairman
Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Group
Chief Operating Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer for Canadian Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

CMGRP, Inc. Key Developments

Weber Shandwick Announces Executive Changes

Weber Shandwick announced a series of leadership appointments to further bolster the agency's fast-growing Los Angeles office. The announcement is spearheaded by the appointment of industry veteran Leslie Capstraw as general manager, Weber Shandwick Los Angeles, effective immediately. Reporting to Weber Shandwick president of North America Sara Gavin, Capstraw will be responsible for day-to-day leadership of the office. Capstraw joins from Ogilvy Public Relations where she most recently served as executive vice president, group director for Brand, and head of the Los Angeles office, focusing primarily in consumer and consumer technology sectors. Capstraw succeeds Arun Divakaruni, who served as interim general manager of the Los Angeles office for the past six months. Divakaruni is senior vice president, Element Scientific Communications, team composed of Ph.D.s, reporters and editors who incite change through science. With a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he remains a leader in the Healthcare practice in California, helping to drive innovation.

Weber Shandwick Appoints Vanessa McDonald as Senior Vice President and National Practice Leader, Consumer and Technology

Weber Shandwick announced the appointment of Vanessa McDonald as senior vice president and national practice leader, Consumer and Technology, in the firm's Toronto office. McDonald will be responsible for the growth and management of client business in Canada, contributing to the agency's leadership across its Consumer and Technology practices. McDonald joins Weber Shandwick from NATIONAL Public Relations where she led the Marketing Communications Practice. Prior to this, she headed the London and San Francisco offices of Ballou PR, a Paris-based communications firm. She also held the position of Associate Director, Marketing at Capgemini.

Weber Shandwick Announces Board Appointments

Weber Shandwick announced a series of new hires within the firm’s Digital practice, expanding the diverse team of talent to meet growing client demand for Mediaco services. Mediaco is the firm’s content offer that helps companies fully adopt a brand publishing model. The new series of hires includes a roster of editorial, production and platform experts with deep experience creating content and online engagement. Included in this group are technology experts versed in driving innovation and content experiences, as well as specialists with critical expertise for clients navigating complex and regulated industries like healthcare. The new additions to the Mediaco team include: Jason Kaufman joins Weber Shandwick in New York as senior vice president of Digital and managing editor where he will lead editorial strategy, innovation and oversight duties across a growing portfolio of consumer clients. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Kaufman led MTV’s online news division and served nearly a decade at AOL. Eric Weitner is a seasoned digital platforms specialist crafting content management systems for the fast-evolving needs of today’s digital newsrooms. He joins Weber Shandwick’s Mediaco team as senior vice president, Technology Platforms in New York to oversee production of content publishing systems and guiding technical innovation around platform experiences. Weitner previously served as senior manager of editorial development at Forbes. Michael Presson joins as senior vice president, Digital Health in New York overseeing the creation of effective strategies that establish, grow and enhance the connection between audiences and healthcare clients. Presson previously served at MSLGROUP. Chris Kooluris joins Weber Shandwick with over 13 years’ experience utilizing disruptive tactics in order to connect brands with consumers, pioneering some of the most innovative and buzzworthy campaigns. As senior vice president, Digital/Consumer, Kooluris will help brands find the intersection between the stories they want to tell and what their audiences want to talk about. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Kooluris was Micro Content Director at VaynerMedia. Henry Breimhurst was appointed as vice president of Content Strategy in Minneapolis, Henry Breimhurst will help clients identify, develop and deploy brand-right content to motivate and incite audiences. Josh Jenisch joins as senior digital editor in the Weber Shandwick Los Angeles office where he will manage content operations for clients. He joins Weber Shandwick from The Los Angeles Times. Erin Scottberg as director of Digital at Weber Shandwick in New York, Erin Scottberg will bring her start-up background and editorial expertise to help advance the Mediaco offering within the unit’s more advanced client opportunities as well as contribute to the agency’s innovation agenda around deployment of new products and services. Most recently, she served as Director of Media and Content at HowAboutWe.com. Jaime Cunningham as digital manager based in New York, Jaime Cunningham will drive editorial content for client newsrooms, specializing in healthcare. Prior to Weber Shandwick, she spent 12 years as a journalist at Newsweek with a focus in health and science reporting, luxury and travel writing, and international affairs and foreign news. Jackie McBrien joins Weber Shandwick as senior digital associate in New York to support editorial and production for a variety of consumer clients. She previously served at MTV Networks, producing shows, films, and shorts for the website, in addition to working in the editorial department and managing several website launches and re-designs.

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