SVP, Corporate Communications NBCUniversal
Hilary Smith is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications for NBCUniversal. Based in New York, Smith oversees the development and execution of NBCUniversal’s media relations strategy and serves as a principal spokesperson for the company. She is responsible for all NBCUniversal corporate functions including ad sales, research, digital enterprises, legal affairs, diversity and inclusion, operations, technology, NBC-owned stations and affiliates, as well as cable distribution. Smith also spearheads internal communications across the company and oversees the corporate creative agency. She reports to Executive Vice President Adam Miller.
In her previous role, Smith was Senior Vice President of Communications for USA Network, the #1 cable entertainment network, where she led publicity for the network’s award-winning programming, digital content, marketing initiatives and pro-social campaign. She also served as lead spokesperson for the network, managed talent relations, spearheaded awards campaigns and oversaw the press launches of several breakout series – including USA’s Golden Globe-winning hit, "Mr. Robot."
Prior to joining USA, Smith oversaw communications for the NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media group, which included Telemundo, mun2, Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, Style Media, Sprout, DailyCandy, Fandango and iVillage. She also led communications, as well as consumer and trade marketing, for the company’s Integrated Media business, which encompassed the company-wide ad sales and marketing initiatives: Women at NBCU, Green is Universal, Healthy at NBCU and Hispanics at NBCU.
Earlier in her career, Smith spent seven years of her career as Vice President of Media Relations in the company’s Corporate Communications department. She was instrumental in managing the press for several of NBC’s major business transactions, including the NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment merger, as well as the acquisitions of the television networks Telemundo and Bravo. She joined NBC in 1998 as Senior Manager of Public Relations for the award-winning network news magazine "Dateline NBC."
Before joining NBCUniversal, Smith was a Press Manager at CBS News. Prior to her career in television, Smith worked at Citibank Securities Inc., where she joined in 1993 as a Manager of Public Relations for the bank’s investment banking division.
Smith is on the board of Women in Cable Telecommunications, an organization that works to advance the position and influence of women through proven leadership programs and services at both the national and local level. She graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Smith resides in Manhattan with her husband and two children.