The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick today announced the promotion of four employees in its Public Affairs, Farm and Food Advocacy and Consumer Marketing practices.
Ben Maurer was promoted to account group manager in the Corporate, Community and Public Affairs practice. Maurer has been central in sustaining and growing Weber Shandwick’s Minnesota-based corporate and public affairs leadership, both through establishing new client relationships and expanding existing ones. His account leadership has guided his clients smoothly through national and local media relations initiatives, government relations efforts, sports marketing, and special events planning and execution. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Maurer spent seven years working in the National Football League, most recently as marketing manager for the Minnesota Vikings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Saint John’s University.
Amy Steigman was promoted to account group manager in the Farm and Food Advocacy practice. She joined Weber Shandwick in 2010 as a highly experienced writer, editor and project manager. She works tirelessly to bring innovative and strategic ideas to clients. Steigman leads several aspects of the Syngenta account, including trade media relations as well as influencer identification and outreach. She also delivers excellent results for a spectrum of other clients including the American College of Surgeons. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Steigman served as the membership marketing and public relations manager for Scientific Societies. She also worked as a reporter for a Wisconsin newspaper. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a master’s degree in technical communication from Metropolitan State University.
Sarah Carnes was promoted to senior account executive in the Farm and Food Advocacy practice. Since joining Weber Shandwick as an intern in 2008, she has applied her dependability, deep passion for her work and strong project management skills to deliver outstanding results to farm and food sector clients. She played an important role on Syngenta’s trade media relations effort around the deregulation of the Agrisure Viptera corn trait, as well as managing dozens of Agrisure Viptera Experience Events over the summer of 2010. Before Weber Shandwick, Carnes worked as a public information student assistant at Luther College and interned with Cargill, Inc. Carnes holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and management from Luther College, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Leslie Hopp was promoted to account executive in the Consumer Marketing practice. She joined Weber Shandwick in 2009 as an intern and immediately dedicated herself to intensive work on the 2010 Census account. Her media monitoring and media relations skills have been a great asset to both the Census and a variety of other clients, including Kemps and the U.S. Army. Previously, Hopp interned at Delta Sky Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and business administration from the University of Southern California.