Cuomo Aide Gollust, former NBC Exec VP of Corp Comms, to Lead CNN Communications
In an announcement late last week, Allison Gollust will join CNN Worldwide as Senior Vice President of Communications. In her new role, which she assumes in March, Gollust will have oversight of all messaging strategy and execution on behalf of the portfolio of CNN networks and businesses, which includes CNN/U.S., HLN and CNN.com, as well as domestic operations of CNN International and CNN en Español.
Gollust will serve as chief spokesperson for the news brand and will lead publicity and public relations teams in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Gollust will be based in New York and will report to Jeff Matteson, senior vice president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., while working closely with her longtime
colleague Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.
Gollust most recently served as Communications Director for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for NBC Universal, where she oversaw all aspects of the company’s global communications efforts.
Gollust started at NBC in the Corporate Communications group in 1996 and was named Senior Publicist for Today in 1997. With successive promotions, Gollust added responsibility for communications efforts supporting NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel, and signature programs including NBC Nightly News, Dateline and Meet the Press. She began her career as a news anchor, reporter and producer in Denver. (PF tipster)