Costello Leaving Weber Shandwick for Hawaii
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Costello Leaving Weber Shandwick for Hawaii

Paul Costello, managing director of Weber Shandwick Worldwide in New York, is leaving the firm to become vice president for external affairs at the University of Hawaii.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK, November 30—Paul Costello, managing director of Weber Shandwick Worldwide in New York, is leaving the firm to become vice president for external affairs at the University of Hawaii. Costello will be reuniting with Evan Dobelle, president of the university and a former colleague of Costello’s in the Carter administration.
 
“It’s difficult to argue with someone when they ask you whether you want to move to Hawaii,” says Costello, who says that while he doesn’t have a lot of experience in the academic world, he believes the skills he honed in the political and corporate worlds will be relevant. He will have responsibility for a broad range of communications functions including marketing, advertising, community relations, state and federal government relations, and alumni relations.
 
Costello says the decision was unrelated to the recent merger of Weber Shandwick and BSMG Worldwide. “I was very much looking forward to a new life at Weber Shandwick after the merger,” he says. “I was very excited about the new leadership. But this dropped from the heavens and it was a great opportunity.”
 
Before getting into the agency business, Costello was a spokesman for former first lady Rosalynn Carter and for former D.C. mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly.
 
Also leaving the Weber Shandwick Worldwide family is Mike Gelb, a former Reuters reporter who has been with Powell Tate for the past 11 years. He will open Gelb Strategies, which will offer public affairs, issues management and writing services.
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