Michael Petruzzello was instrumental in the formation of Qorvis MSLGROUP and continues to lead the company as it develops into the leading integrated communications firm of the Greater Washington area. Petruzzello brings extensive marketing and communications consulting experience to Qorvis Communications on regional, national and global levels.
Petruzzello previously was chief executive officer of Shandwick North America, where he served as a member of the Global Executive Team, chairman of the Mergers and Acquisition Task Force, director of global marketing and business development and director of industry practice groups. He was responsible for all aspects of management, including Shandwick’s 22 offices, $175 million in revenue and 1,200 employees.
Before being named CEO, Petruzzello was president of Shandwick Public affairs in Washington from 1996 to 1998. In just two years, he transformed it into a Top 10 leader with more than $16 million in billings.
As a partner in Bozell Sawyer Miller, Petruzzello was responsible for company-wide marketing and business development, as well as sharing in the overall management of the firm.
Earlier, Petruzzello was executive vice president of E. Bruce Harrison Company. In this role, he started and managed five regional offices—in New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Brussels and Monterrey, Mexico. He served as president of all regional operations and was responsible for marketing and communications consulting programs for the agency’s major accounts.
Petruzzello began his career as a political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was White House liaison for the Chamber’s Board of Directors and expanded and managed a 75,000 member advocacy organization.
Petruzzello is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.