Bernards announced last week she would be leaving the company after seven years as senior vice president of communications.
Everett will carry the title of executive VP of global communications and report to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell, who came on board in 2013. Bernards will stay on to help with the transition.
Everett will begin the new job on Aug. 17. She’ll be in charge of all worldwide external and internal communications for the company overseeing media relations, executive and employee communications, as well as all box office reporting.
The move comes with Universal dominating the box office. The studio crossed the $5 billion mark in worldwide grosses for 2015 last week and appears likely to break Fox’s record of $5.5 billion, set last year.
Everett had worked most recently been in Time Inc.’s corporate communications department in New York. as executive vice president of corporate communications. She left that post in February in a restructuring of its communications structure.
Everett had joined Time Inc. in 2012. She was previously a spokesperson for News Corp. and held various communications positions at Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles. Prior to working for News Corp., Everett headed communications for ABC News and spent several years at Ogilvy and Mather Public Relations in Washington, D.C., where she advised clients in the telecommunications and energy fields.
Shell said in a statement that he has known Everett for many years. “She is a well-respected, skilled communicator who brings a wealth of knowledge, proven strategic capabilities and breadth of contacts at a critical time for our business,” he added.