Sarah Vellozzi: 40 Under 40 2013

SVP and Partner, Corporate Affairs, FleishmanHillard

Sarah Vellozzi has played a key role in cementing FleishmanHillard’s position as one of the leading agencies for global reputation management. As a key member of the firm’s corporate affairs group, she manages core accounts including the Secretariat of Communications of the Federal Government of Brazil and Siemens Healthcare.

Since 2009 she has successfully helped Brazil engage global audiences with an ongoing international PR program, which garnered covers with The Economist and Newsweek, high-profile interviews on CNN and CNBC, columns in The New York Times, and op-ed pieces in more than 70 international publications. From 2009 to 2012 the team achieved 16,804 news clips – the equivalent of about 12 stories a day. Vellozzi was also instrumental in launching the first social media channels of a G20 nation to help it engage with foreign audiences – Brazil Gov News on Facebook and the Twitter handle @BrazilGovNews.

Key achievements also include creating a comprehensive media relations campaign for the APEC 2011 CEO Summit. Other clients include the Government of South Korea, Johnson & Johnson, Visa International, and Yellow Pages Association.

In 2012, Vellozzi assisted in the launch of FleishmanHillard Majlis, a practice area focused on helping clients understand, engage, and successfully cultivate relationships with the fast-growing global Muslim community of 1.8 billion people. Colleagues describe her as "a true professional and leader who embraces challenges" and one who "goes above and beyond."

"Not only has Sarah demonstrated an exceptional ability to foster collaboration among colleagues and clients, she also maintains excellent relations by assessing and responding quickly to new business requests," says Robert Dowling, FleishmanHillard’s president of the US East region and GM of the firm’s New York office. "She is an outstanding example of the modern, global communicator," he adds.

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