WASHINGTON — Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has been named executive vice president and chief communications officer head for Fox, the company that will be created after 21st Century Fox sells its film and television assets to Walt Disney Co. early next year.
Hicks will be based in Los Angeles, the company said on Monday.
The new entity will include Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Sports and the local Fox affiliate stations. The deal was announced last December. At the time Disney had offered $52.4 billion for the assets, but Disney later raised its offer and the deal is now worth $71.3 billion.
Hicks was one of Donald Trump’s longest-serving aides, and many people regarded her as one of his most trusted and loyal advisers.
Hicks, who turns 30 this month, joined the president’s administration in January 2017 after working as the press secretary and communications adviser for his 2016 presidential campaign. At the White House, she served in the newly created position of director of strategic communications before being names director of communications in September 2017 after serving as the interim director for one month following Anthony Scaramucci’s departure.
As the communications director, “she oversaw the administration’s communications strategy and led a team responsible for creating and coordinating key messages relating to economic issues, domestic policies and international affairs,” according to New Fox’s news release.
The White House confirmed on Feb. 28 that Hicks planned to resign, a day after she had admitted to the House Intelligence Committee that she told “white lies” for the president. She testified for nine hours but declined to most of the questions about her job.
Before working on the president’s campaign, she worked for the Trump Organization as director of communications. She previously worked for two public relations companies.
The former model is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she majored in English.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders congratulated Hicks on Twitter.
FOX won’t find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks. So happy for my friend. They are beyond lucky to have you and the East Coast misses you already. https://t.co/mUQUlip5oc
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 8, 2018
First lady Melania Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, retweeted Sanders tweet and added: “Could not agree more. Congratulations dear friend – they really are lucky to have you! Well done FOX.”
Fox, also known as “New Fox,” simultaneously announced on Monday that Danny O’Brien has been named executive vice president and head of government relations. He is currently the senior government affairs and policy executive at General Electric. O’Brien formerly served as staff director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chief of staff to senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), as well as former Vice President Joe Biden when he was a Democratic senator from Delaware.
“Hope and Danny are proven leaders and world-class public affairs professionals. Together they will define and project Fox’s voice to our relevant communities,” Viet Dinh, Fox’s chief legal and policy officer, said in the news release.
The appointments are effective after the transaction closes in early 2019 and the new company is created. Lachlan Murdoch will serve as chairman and chief executive officer, while his father, Rupert Murdoch, will serve as co-chairman, according to 21st Century Fox, which the elder Murdoch founded.