BEVERLY HILLS, CA—Cecile Ablack, most recently head of the communications operation of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is joining the William Morris Agency in the newly created role of senior vice president, global corporate communications.
Ablack will be responsible for overseeing strategic communications worldwide across the practice areas of the talent agency, which include motion pictures, television, music and personal appearances, Broadway theatre and theatrical touring, book publishing, commercial endorsements, sports marketing and corporate consulting. Ablack will be based in the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters.
According to chief executive Jim Wiatt, “Cecile not only will play a key role in positioning the agency for the future, but she also will be invaluable as we expand our operations internationally.”
Chris Petrikin, senior vice president of corporate communications, will continue in that role.
Ablack has previously held communications positions across the private, public and non-profit sectors. She was an associate dean at Yale University overseeing international public affairs and strategic planning for its business school. In the first Clinton Administration, she was a senior public affairs official directing media and government relations, and crisis management in the international trade arena for Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown.
Sean Clegg, Villaraigosa’s primary speechwriter, will take over from Ablack as a deputy mayor running the communications and press office.