DALLAS—Ken Luce, a 14-year veteran of numerous leadership positions at Weber Shandwick, is leaving the firm “to explore new opportunities,” according to an internal memo . Jody Venturoni has been promoted to president, Southwest, and will assume full management of the region.
Luce was most recently president of the Southwest region for the firm, responsible for Weber Shandwick offices in Dallas, Austin, Houston and Denver. He has also helped spearhead the development of the firm’s global client relationship leader program led much of the firm’s work for flagship client American Airlines.
Earlier, he managed the first statewide campaign of now-Governor Rick Perry, when he ran for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, and was statewide campaign finance consultant for State Controller Carole Keeton Rylander and other elected officials. He was also vice president of national marketing for Paragon Group, president of Celebrations Marketing Group and president of KWL Consulting.
The firm says he will continue to be associated with Weber Shandwick as a senior consultant.
Venturoni will work closely with North American president Cathy Calhoun to build on the firm’s success in the region. She most recently served as general manager of the Southwest operations, and helped to grow American Airlines into one of Weber Shandwick’s largest clients.