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Thursday, December 10, 2009

WEBER SHANDWICK ANNOUNCES FIVE PROMOTIONS

The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotions of Angela Rolle, Jessica Mike, Jake Ricker, Chad Ballantyne and Natalie Horner in the consumer marketing practice.


Angela Rolle has been promoted to account supervisor. Angie helps manage and execute public relations and consumer marketing programs, including national and local media relations initiatives, social media campaigns, new product introductions and special events, with an emphasis on youth marketing. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Angie conducted public relations for the city of Duluth, Minn., assisting in promoting and generating media coverage of annual festivals and numerous city events and helping with crisis communications. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Angie holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies and English. Outside of work, Angie serves on the board of directors and chairs the marketing committee for The Link, a Minnesota non-profit that builds supportive communities for youth.

Jessica Mike has been promoted to senior account executive. Since joining Weber Shandwick as an account executive in July 2008, she has played a vital role on a broad range of account teams including Amway, the 2010 Census and Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) and its subsidiary U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). In addition to her client work, Jessica has applied her knowledge to Weber Shandwick’s pro bono projects that center on making a difference in the lives of Minnesota youth and families. Prior to joining the agency, she worked at a local PR firm where she helped execute media relations and strategic planning initiatives for organizations such as 3M and Vector Wealth Management. Jessica graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business administration.

Jake Ricker has been promoted to senior account executive. Since joining the agency in 2007, Jake has brought his experience in media and client relations, writing, new product launches and event planning to several consumer clients, including Polaris, CA and both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army Racing teams. In addition to his central role on multiple client teams, Jake is an active member of Weber Shandwick’s employee action group, a communications conduit between the agency’s staff and top-level management. Jake graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in English.


Chad Ballantyne has been promoted to account executive. Chad joined Weber Shandwick as an intern in 2007 and has since provided media relations, research and event support to a variety of consumer clients. Chad is an active member of the agency’s Team Inline, a group designed to help clients bridge the gap between online and offline media. Prior to joining the agency, Chad worked as a project manager for a commercial sign manufacturer and served as the director of communications and development for The Minnesota Daily. Chad graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts in communication studies and minor in mass communications, as well as a management minor from the Carlson School of Management.

Natalie Horner has been promoted to account executive. Since starting her career at Weber Shandwick, Natalie has worked with a variety of clients, including Land O’ Lakes, The Coca-Cola Company, Cargill, Egyptian Cotton, the 2008 CA Championship at Doral and The Allstate Foundation. Natalie has served on Weber Shandwick’s pro bono team, which focuses on working with nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota youth and families. A University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate, Natalie earned a bachelor of arts in journalism and mass communication and communication studies. Before joining Weber Shandwick, she worked in the University of Wisconsin – Madison Athletic Department and completed internships with the Minnesota Timberwolves and C.E.L. Public Relations.