Weber Shandwick adds SVP for Austin office

AUSTIN: Craig Casselberry, founder of Quorum Public Affairs, has joined Weber Shandwick's corporate practice as SVP in the firm's Austin office.

AUSTIN: Craig Casselberry, founder of Quorum Public Affairs, has joined Weber Shandwick's corporate practice as SVP in the firm's Austin office.

Casselberry will be responsible for growing Weber's public affairs business, and provide counsel to clients in Texas and the Southwest. He will report to Neil Nowlin, SVP.

"It's not a hard and fast rule that if you're in one practice, you're don't neccessarily work in another practice," said Jody Venturoni, president of Weber Shandwick Southwest. "The client roster we have in the Southwest region is largely made up of corporate clients, so it just seemed to make sense to put [Casselberry] in that group."

Casselberry, who's experience in Texas politics spans 20 years, has worked with three of the state's governors, including Governor Rick Perry. In addition, he has handled public policy campaigns for a number of corporate clients at the local, state, and federal levels. Casselberry founded Quorum Public Affairs in 1994 and worked with  Ford, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, State Farm, Allstate, USAA, Nationwide, and Walmart.

"We are seeing in fact more and more clients needing grassroots, globalization and things of that nature," said Venturoni. "[Casselberry] has a lot of very relevant experience that plays across a bunch of different practice groups."

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