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Colin Byrne is UK & EMEA CEO of Weber Shandwick and a member of its global management team. Colin is recognised as one of Europe's most respected and experienced PR and communications professionals - ranked in the top ten Most Powerful Players in PR by PRWeek magazine - with over 30 years experience spanning corporate communications, public affairs, politics and NGOs. 

Colin has been a senior executive with Weber Shandwick, and previously Shandwick, for almost 20 years, first running the London public affairs business, then the firm's UK operations and now it's 33 office EMEA network. Clients have included Shell, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, IKEA, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Clear Channel and Microsoft. 

Previously he spent five years as international communications director of The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, the international arm of Business in the Community, working with global firms such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Shell on their CSR and sustainability strategies. Prior to that he was Chief Press Officer for the British Labour Party and deputy to then Communications Director Peter Mandelson. 

Colin is a Visiting Fellow at The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford, is a regular lecturer and commentator on public relations and politics, and was ranked for six years in GQ's annual 100 Most Influential Men in the Britain listings. 

Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honoured as a 2014 Ad Age A-List Agency and The Holmes Report’s 2014 Global Agency of the Year. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 23 Cannes Lions since 2009. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014.

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