Stephen Labaton
Stephen Labaton

Former Finsbury president and partner Stephen Labaton has joined NBCUniversal News Group as executive vice president of communications.

Labaton comes to NBCUniversal from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was EVP, corporate affairs, leading a team focused on all external and internal engagement by the firm.

At Finsbury, he led the worldwide crisis practice.

Before coming to Finsbury, Labaton was a senior writer at the New York Times, covering regulatory, legal, political, technology and economic issues.

In his new post, he succeeds Mark Kornblau, who left NBCUniversal this summer for the global head of communications post at Softbank.

Labaton “brings a considerable amount of experience in media relations, crisis management and brand-building and has a strong reputation for skillfully navigating high profile organizations through industry challenges and change,” said NBCUniversal News Group chairman Cesar Conde.