PR giant Weber Shandwick has appointed Heather Blundell as the permanent MD of its Manchester office.

Blundell has been acting MD for 11 months and overseen 19 per cent growth and more than £1 million in new business in that period.

She replaces Jo Leah, who spent 20 years at the New York-headquartered company and whom will speak at BusinessCloud’s ‘How tech has changed the face of PR and marketing’ breakfast. You can sign up for the free-to-attend event here.

“I am so proud to be part of this incredible team and it is our people that provide the strong foundation for the future,” said Blundell.

“In 2017 I will be focused on continuing the exponential growth we have experienced in the last 12 months, driving integration between our practices, strengthening our relationships with the creative community and further developing our positive, ambitious and supportive business culture.”

Blundell joined Weber Shandwick in July 2015 as associate director, heading up its international corporate accounts and spearheading new business and people development.

Colin Byrne, Weber Shandwick UK & EMEA CEO, said: “Manchester is a hotbed of creativity and global innovation and our Manchester office embodies this culture.

“Heather’s extensive experience and leadership skills will enable us to further grow our world-class offering in the city.

“A million pounds worth of new business is incredibly exciting for the Manchester office and for us as an agency.”