AUSTIN, Texas (March 9, 2020) – Vianovo, a leading strategy consultancy at the intersection of business, policy and politics, today announced the addition of Matt Hirsch as a partner in the firm’s Austin office.
Hirsch comes to Vianovo from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, where he served five years as deputy chief of staff and communications director.
“Matt Hirsch is one of the most respected communicators in Texas and we are thrilled to have him join us at Vianovo,” said Blaine Bull, the firm’s managing partner. “During his tenure in Gov. Abbott’s office, Matt demonstrated excellent judgment, gave wise counsel and maintained a steady hand during calm and crisis. He brings unique insights that will greatly benefit our firm and our clients.”
Hirsch joined Gov. Abbott’s office as communications director in 2015, where he served as a top communications, political and policy adviser, handling all aspects of the governor’s messaging, press relations and media strategy. In 2017, he was promoted to deputy chief of staff where he managed the governor’s communications and scheduling operations. Among his many accomplishments, Hirsch oversaw Gov. Abbott’s successful response to Hurricane Harvey, the Dallas Police Department and Sutherland Springs shootings; the passage of historic public education and property tax reform legislation; as well as the worldwide promotion of unrivaled job creation and economic development successes in Texas.
“Companies across America trust Vianovo to represent them in some of the most high-profile, high-stakes brand, policy and crisis campaigns,” Hirsch said. “I’m excited to join an incredible team of business, political and communications professionals, and I look forward to expanding our work here in Austin and around the country.”
Prior to joining Gov. Abbott’s office, Hirsch served as communications director for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and also worked on presidential, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns across the country. He is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
“We are excited to officially welcome Matt to the Vianovo family,” said Tucker Eskew, a founding partner in the firm. “Matt’s strategic communications counsel to Gov. Abbott delivered results for five successful years, and we’re delighted to have someone of his caliber join our winning team and play a key role in our firm’s future.”
About Vianovo: Vianovo is a boutique consultancy that counsels companies, causes and public figures on high-stakes brand, policy and crisis issues. Founded in 2005 by a bipartisan group of leading political strategists, the firm has offices in Austin, Dallas, Washington DC, and Mexico City. Through its investment group, Vianovo Ventures, the firm partners with early-stage companies and investors. For more information, visit www.vianovo.com.