NBCU Cable Names Shields EVP, Communications

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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios announced Thursday two changes in its public relations department, appointing Cory Shields to executive vice president, communications and John Kelley to senior vice president, communications, pro-social and diversity initiatives.

Beginning immediately, Shields will oversee the communications efforts for all the company's properties, including USA Network, Syfy, E! Entertainment, G4, Sleuth, Chiller, Universal HD and Universal Cable Studios. Shields most recently served as executive vice president, global policy strategies and alliances at NBCUniversal.

"Cory's professional experience encompasses everything from television and film to music, advertising and government affairs," said Bonnie Hammer, chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, to whom he will report. "There's no question that he's one of the most talented and effective communications strategists working today, and his knowledge and skills are going to be invaluable to us as we continue to grow our businesses."

As SVP, communications, pro-social and diversity initiatives, Kelley will facilitate internal and external communications in relation to the company's pro-social and diversity programs as well as aiding in the development of new diversity initiatives. He will report directly to Shields.

"John's a perfect choice to bring attention and emphasis to the areas of public affairs and diversity," said Hammer. "His communications skills will play a critical role in forging and implementing initiatives in areas crucial to the success of any business."

Prior to his new role, Kelley served as senior vice president, communications for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios.