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Friday, December 11, 2009

SHANDWICK ANNOUNCES FIVE PROMOTIONS

The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of five employees in the financial services practice.

Tonya Tennessen has been promoted to account group manager. Upon joining the agency three years ago, Tennessen emerged as a key leader for an award-winning, high-profile government campaign team, drawing on her strong background in public affairs and strategic media. Tennessen has also played a lead role in Weber Shandwick's pro-bono work and is active in the community, currently serving on the board of directors for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Tennessen served as managing communications director of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English, economics and secondary English education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

April Nelson has been promoted to account supervisor. Most recently, her analytical skills have enabled her to provide mission-critical leadership to a series of highly visible programs for the 2010 Census, including a video podcast series recognized with a Bronze Anvil award by PRSA. Nelson serves on Minnesota PRSA’s Professional Development and Networking Committee. She is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations and English writing.

Becca Mitchell has been promoted to account executive. Since joining the agency in 2007, Mitchell has worked on several government communications programs, including the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service program. She also has emerged as a leader in social media. Additionally, she has been an integral team member of Financially Fit Minnesota, a program designed to strengthen the financial health and fitness of employees across Minnesota, and is an active member of PRSA, serving on the Minnesota PRSA Student Relations Committee. Mitchell graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication.

John Poferl has been promoted to account executive. Poferl joined the agency in 2007 and works on the 2010 Census account. In addition to his client work, Poferl was a part of Weber Shandwick’s 2008 pro bono account team for STARBASE, is a key player on the Financially Fit Minnesota team, an active member of PRSA and is a professional mentor for several college students. Poferl is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, emphasizing public relations.


Sarah Rydland has been promoted to account executive. Since joining the agency in 2007, Rydland has contributed to the success of a financial services government campaign. Rydland is also an active member of Minnesota PRSA, contributing her talent to the Minnesota PRSA Student Relations Committee. Rydland holds a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.