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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shandwick announces the promotions of five employees

The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotions of employees in its Public Affairs, Consumer Marketing, Healthcare and Technology practices.

Ryan Benbo was promoted to account director in the Corporate, Community and Public Affairs practice. His relationship management skills and defense industry expertise have led to the growth of a local defense account into a national project involving several Weber Shandwick offices and client divisions. He also has supported a number of local public affairs clients and has helped develop a team of rising professionals to strengthen the practice. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Benbo worked as communications coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a public relations emphasis from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn.

Michael Koenigs was promoted to account director in the Corporate, Community and Public Affairs practice, which he re-joined in 2006 as an account supervisor. He has led critical projects for the U.S. Army account team and built strong relationships with many public affairs clients through his counsel, attention to detail and passion for the business. Prior to re-joining Weber Shandwick, Koenigs worked for a Chicago-based PR agency. Koenigs holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Jon Mason was promoted to account director in the Consumer Marketing practice. Since joining the agency, Mason has managed FedEx’s NASCAR activation while also supporting the 2010 Census Road Tour and serving as a resource for sports programming across the network. His leadership in these roles as well as his work as a counselor to other consumer account teams has earned him accolades from colleagues and clients alike. Mason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.

Stacey Rammer was promoted to account supervisor in the Healthcare practice. She rejoined Weber Shandwick in September 2010 and currently concentrates on serving several accounts as a day-to-day client contact and organizer of high-profile advocacy campaigns. Rammer’s previous experience in community relations and public affairs field enables her to incorporate a spectrum of strategic outreach initiatives that bring issues directly to key audiences. Rammer is also a member of the agency’s Green Team tasked with creating inspiring ways for employees to live sustainable lives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business entrepreneurship from St. Catherine University.

Steve Bailey was promoted to account executive in the Technology practice. Bailey joined Weber Shandwick as an intern in 2008, and his work and ability to build relationships with clients have made him a valuable member of several project teams. He graduated from Luther College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.