NEW YORK—Anna Perez, most recently deputy assistant to President Bush and communications counsel to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, is joining NBC as executive vice president for communications.
The announcement comes as NBC, a unit of GE, is hoping to receive federal approval for its acquisition of the entertainment holdings of Vivendi International, including Universal;s movie studio, theme parks, and cable assets.
Perez joined the White House just two weeks before the September 11 attacks in 2001, and left the administration in December. Her previous experience includes four years as press secretary to former First Lady Barbara Bush from 1989 to 1993, and a stint as head of media relations for Creative Artists Agency, where she worked alongside Michael Eisner. She later followed Eisner to Walt Disney Co., where she worked in government relations.
“I love the television business,” Perez told the New York Times. “I have no expertise in it so I will have a bit of learning curve. But I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a learning curve when I took a new job.”