Cathy Calhoun is the Chief Client Officer for Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading and most innovative public relations agencies and the only PR firm to be named to the Ad Age “A” List - twice.
In the CCO role, Cathy is responsible for overseeing the firm’s 52 largest client relationships across regions and practices. She has helped design, develop and deliver Weber Shandwick’s client experience (CX) proposition around the globe. In her 23 years with the firm she has held various operational and practice positions of leadership, including co-lead of the global consumer marketing practice and president, North America.
As a communications consultant, Cathy has extensive experience in brand and category marketing and is the strategic driver of many large, cross-platform integrated marketing campaigns. She has deep expertise in food/nutrition marketing and programs targeted to women.
The Public Relations Society of America named Cathy Chicago’s PR Professional of the Year. She was also chosen as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Forty Under Forty” and was named one of the “Forty PR Stars Under Forty” by PR Week magazine. Under her leadership the Chicago office of Weber Shandwick was named one of the best places to work in the city by both Chicago Magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business. She has received numerous awards for the national public relations programs she has overseen.
Her community service activities focus on securing quality education for disadvantaged children and hunger relief. She is currently the board president for Namaste Charter School and a former board member and advisor to Ravenswood Community Services. She is also a member of The Chicago Network, an organization of Chicago’s most distinguished professional women.
Cathy earned a B.F.A. in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.