She will report into UK and Ireland CEO Rachel Friend and starts this month with a brief to grow a strong and vibrant UK practice.
Richardson previously founded strategic consultancy Noble Purpose, worked as Starbucks’ director of external affairs and served as Centrica Energy’s director of public affairs.
“Sarah is an impressive individual, whom I am personally delighted to welcome to the team,” said Friend. “Her strength in overseeing and motivating teams, as well as in developing strategic visions for both C-suite clients and internal audiences, makes her the perfect fit for us.”
Jon McLeod, Weber Shandwick’s chairman of corporate, financial and public affairs, added: “As well as her extensive and impressive consultancy and client track-record, Sarah comes with experience as a journalist, a non-executive director and an elected politician.
“It is a real coup for Weber Shandwick to have attracted talent of her calibre, with a widely-regarded and well-established reputation around the industry. We look forward to welcoming her to our leadership team.”
- Pictured: Sarah Richardson (left) and Rachel Friend