ELITE 2021 PR Guru Shannon Walsh of Ogilvy Health

Shannon Walsh

Managing Director, PR Lead

Ogilvy Health

A PR Pro for the People

Shannon Walsh has championed the value of public relations her entire career, serving as an incredible role model for creating successful PR client-agency partnerships. In the communications industry, trends come and go, but Shannon’s passion and strategic eye for problem-solving remains steadfast. Always putting the client at the center, she is a leader who not only listens but also offers up value-added thinking and new approaches to help them with their challenges.

According to one of her clients, “Shannon is one of the best communications professionals that I have had the opportunity to work with. In every instance, she has been a true partner, and has consistently provided intuitive counsel to ensure the best outcome for the brand. She is calm under pressure and someone you want in your corner when there is an issue. Beyond her exemplary communications skills and prowess, one of the things I love about Shannon is that she is a straight shooter—always speaks her mind and tells it like it is.”

A veteran PR professional, Shannon has extensive healthcare experience across multiple categories, patient types, and product milestones. Known for creativity and impeccable client service, she has brought strategic thinking to clients with a focus on consumer education, advocacy relations, regulatory milestones, and issues management. Her client portfolio has included a variety of Fortune 100 companies.

Shannon has grown the healthcare PR practice into the largest PR offering at Ogilvy, with a double-digit growth rate. She serves as a team leader and client relationship manager, providing strategic counsel, program development, and overall team management. Under her direction, the team has produced multiple award-winning campaigns.

Shannon’s success isn’t only evident in her client base, but it’s visible in those working alongside her at the agency. She is known for mentoring and retaining top talent and knows how to evoke passion from her team. Upon hearing about this award, one colleague wrote: “Let’s nominate Shannon for PR Guru—she built a killer practice, is an amazing mentor, and a stellar client leader—she’s the full package.”

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