Hillary SmithMILF a 23 year old NBCUniversal The PR veteran who most recently served as EVP Corporate Communications and Social Impact is leaving his corporate communications role to focus full-time on the social impact portion of his responsibilities. The announcement was made this morning by Adam Miller, Chief Administrative Officer, Comcast and EVP, NBCUniversal internally.
âAs many of you know, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly important to the company. Over the past year, NBCUniversal has ventured into this area, providing charitable services to deserving organizations. More than doubling the amount of the grant, as well as increasing its focus on hand-held employee engagement programs with this funding,â Miller said in a memo (you can read it in full below). Given the importance and scope, (NBCU CEO) Jeff (Shell) and I have asked Hilary Smith to lead CSR globally for NBCUniversal, full-time, and we are very pleased to be able to take on this challenge. have agreed to. “
In his new role, Smith will continue to report to Miller. She will also continue to run Corporate Communications until a successor is found.
Smith joined NBC News in 1998 as Director Communications at NBCU. She rose rapidly through the ranks, overseeing communications for various NBCU networks and platforms including USAA, Bravo, Oxygen, Telemundo, Fandango and iVillage, and her most recent position of EVP Corporate Communications and Social Impact in 2015 was nominated for. Smith also recently joined the advisory board of USC Annenberg’s Center for Public Relations and sits on the boards of the non-profit Step Up Women’s Network, The Comcast Foundation, and the Center for Communications.
Here is Miller’s memoir:
As many of you know, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly important to a company. Over the past year, NBCUniversal has made strides in this area, more than doubling the amount of charitable grants awarded to eligible organizations, as well as increasing its focus on employee engagement programs that go hand in hand with this funding. .
Given the growing importance and scope of this work, Jeff and I have asked Hilary Smith to lead CSR globally for NBCUniversal, full-time, and we are very pleased that she has agreed to take on this challenge. . In her new role, Hillary will continue to report to me and work closely with business leaders across the company on important CSR initiatives. Until we identify her successor, she will also continue to run Corporate Communications.
Hillary and her team are doing an excellent job in CSR. Through our corporate social impact campaign, “NBCUnites,” we currently have 40 nonprofit partners and more than 24,000 employees joined by volunteers. In 2020 and 2021, we added 12 new partners â thanks to additional funding from Comcast’s 3-year social justice-focused pledge of $100 million. This has created a huge opportunity to take our community to new heights.
As a next step, Hillary and her team are focusing on deepening our nonprofit partnership to develop a pipeline program to keep our constituents employed at NBCU. We will also continue to expand the company’s support to minority-led non-profit organizations. Additionally, we are expanding skills-based free work opportunities for our employees and play a large role in helping to direct some of our charitable funding.
In partnership with Talent Lab, Hillary’s group will help expand CSR-focused education programs for employees, including new training courses and more immersive volunteer experiences at the nonprofit’s on board service.
The company’s positive community impact should make us all proud to work here, and I know Hillary and her team will continue this important effort to drive change.
Please join me in congratulating Hillary.