Weber Shandwick today announced the hires of new employees in the health care; digital communications; and corporate, community and public affairs practices.
Trish Backes joined the health care practice as a senior account executive. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Backes worked for a San Francisco public relations firm as a senior account executive focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical accounts. A Cold Spring, Minn., native, she received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of St. Thomas.
Brandon Sullivan joined the digital communications practice as a junior web developer. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, he worked as a graphic and Web designer. A native of Chaska, Minn., Sullivan earned an associate degree in applied science in Web design and interactive media from the Art Institutes International Minnesota.
Upon completion of her internship, Emily Smolik joined the corporate, community and public affairs practice as an assistant account executive. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Smolik worked as an intern at the Mall of America. A native of Mendota Heights, Minn., Smolik received a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas and a master of science in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, London, England.