Weber Shandwick has confirmed that Heather Blundell will replace Jo Leah as the managing director of its Manchester operation.

Blundell has been acting MD since March and during that time she’s seen the company achieve 19% growth and more than £1m in new business.

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

“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.”

Colin Byrne, Weber Shandwick UK & EMEA CEO added:

“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.”

Jo Leah, spent nearly 20 years at the company and is now pursuing “new career opportunities”. The agency said it “wished her well.”