NEW YORK—Cory Shields is joining advertising agency J. Walter Thompson as executive vice president and chief communications officer. Shields joins from NBC Universal, where he served as senior vice president of corporate communications and media relations. He will work closely with chief executive Bob Jeffrey and will provide strategic communications counsel to JWT’s worldwide executive committee.
Shields succeeds Owen Dougherty in a more expanded role, and will be responsible for J. Walter Thompson’s overall corporate communications strategy including marketing and managing the agency’s brand; identifying and telling its many stories; overseeing media relations and internal communications; and directing philanthropic activities.
Shields was named senior vice president, NBC corporate communications and media relations in July 2002, after having joined the department as vice president in October 2000. Most recently, he helped set communications strategy surrounding NBC’s acquisition of Vivendi Universal Entertainment.
Prior to joining NBC, Shields was vice president, corporate communications worldwide at Rodale Publishing and earlier worked at MSNBC and the American Express Company.