Hope Hicks is leaving her post as Fox Corp. communications chief to return to the White House, a Fox spokesperson confirmed Thursday. She will serve as senior counselor to the president, while working with adviser Jared Kushner.
Hicks was the former White House communications director, serving during the first year of the Trump administration. She exited the White House in 2018 and later that year joined Fox Corp. as exec VP and chief communications officer, reporting to Viet Dinh, Fox’s chief legal and policy officer. She joined the company at a time of transition, ahead of the completion of the acquisition by the Walt Disney Co. of the bulk of Fox’s entertainment assets.
A Fox spokesperson said Thursday that the company will undergo a search for Hicks’ replacement.
“We are confirming the departure of EVP and Chief Communications Officer Hope Hicks and thank her for her contributions to Fox Corporation,” a Fox spokesperson said. “During her time here, she was instrumental in establishing the Fox Forward Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, a program dedicated to helping veterans, youth and underserved communities. Additionally, she was a key executive team member at the inception of Fox Corporation and throughout this important first year. We are proud of the work Hope has done and wish her well in her future endeavors. We will announce a new Chief Communications Officer in the near future.”
Megan Klein, senior VP of corporate communications, will serve as the company’s top communications exec in the interim.
Hicks joined Trump’s campaign in 2015 and was a close adviser to the president. Earlier in her career, she worked at PR firms Hiltzik Strategies and Zeno Group.
The New York Times was first to report the news that Hick’s was rejoining the White House.