Jen Friedman
Jen Friedman

Former White House deputy press secretary Jen Friedman is moving to NBCUniversal, where she will assume the executive vice president communications role on Jan. 10.

Friedman was most recently managing director, global public affairs at The Blackstone Group. Before coming to Blackstone, she was senior director, corporate reputation at GE.

In addition to serving as a senior advisor at both the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury, she has held communications positions at the Commerce and Homeland Security departments.

Friedman succeeds Hilary Smith, who moved from the corporate communications position in October to take on oversight of NBCU’s corporate social responsibility unit.

She will report to Adam Miller, NBCU executive vice president and chief administration officer of its parent company, Comcast.