Managing Partner & CEO
Instrumental in the formation of Qorvis Communications, Michael Petruzzello continues to lead the company as it develops into the leading integrated communications firm of the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Petruzzello brings extensive marketing and communications consulting experience to Qorvis on regional, national and global levels.
Previously chief executive officer of Shandwick North America, Petruzzello 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.
Prior to being named CEO at Qorvis, 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 partner in Bozell Sawyer Miller, Petruzzello was responsible for company-wide marketing and business development, as well as participating in the overall management of the firm.
Additionally, Petruzzello was executive vice president of E. Bruce Harrison Company. In this role, he started and managed five regional offices, including New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Monterrey, Mexico and Brussels, Belgium. Petruzello 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. He served as White House liaison for the Chamber’s Board of Directors, expanded and managed a 75,000 member advocacy organization.
Petruzzello is a graduate of Catholic University.