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Friday, January 28, 2011

Shandwick announces the promotions of Gillard and Westin

The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick announced the promotions of Kristen Gillard and Mary Westin to senior account executives in the firm’s Financial Services practice.

Kristin Gillard joined Weber Shandwick in 2006 and has been a leader in growing and maintaining strong partner and client relationships. She has focused on co-leading the financial institution partnership program for the U.S. Treasury’s Go Direct campaign, as well as securing positive media coverage from top media outlets. She has also played a key role in the Go Direct Champions program, working closely with banks and credit unions to encourage them to promote direct deposit. Gillard has worked with other major government clients to develop websites and media campaigns. Gillard graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and journalism.

Mary Westin also joined Weber Shandwick in 2006 and has served a number of government and financial services clients. She recently led multi-office media analysis teams to inform the direction of the 2010 Census media relations campaign. She has also supported new business development efforts in the Financial Services practice. Westin graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and journalism.