ALBANY, NY: Former NBC Universal communications leader Allison Gollust has joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff as director of communications.
She will replace Richard Bamberger, who has held the position since January 2011 and previously worked with Cuomo, a Democrat, in the New York State attorney general's office. Bamberger will remain with the administration to assist with the transition, it said in a statement.
Gollust previously served as EVP for corporate communications at NBC Universal, prior to the company's acquisition by cable giant Comcast.
From 2005 to 2009, she was SVP of NBC News communications, serving as the chief spokesperson for NBC News and overseeing communications for MSNBC, CNBC, and The Weather Channel. Gollust has also worked as VP of NBC News communications.
While at NBC, Gollust oversaw communications for major anchor transitions, as well as the death of Tim Russert in 2008.
She joined the company in 1998 after working as director of communications and spokesperson for Major League Soccer and as a reporter and producer in Colorado.