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Sue Fleishman, Warner Bros.’ longtime corporate public relations executive, is leaving the company and will be replaced by Dee Dee Myers, who previously served as White House press secretary during the Clinton administration.
Fleishman, who has spent nine years at Warners, served as executive vp worldwide corporate communication and public affairs.
Myers will report to Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who said in making the announcement, “Dee Dee brings a creative and strategic mindset to communications and public positioning. Her engaging and collaborative demeanor paired with her acute understanding of how to engage constituencies will help us strengthen our position as the leading global studio.” Myers, who will take over Sept. 2, will oversee all of the company’s corporate communications strategies and activities on a worldwide basis, including media relations, executive communications, corporate responsibility and philanthropy.
Jim Noonan, senior vp worldwide strategic promotions and communications, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will serve as interim head of corporate communications until Myers arrives.
A seasoned political operative, Myers became the first woman to hold the post of White House press secretary when she stepped into that role during President Bill Clinton‘s first term, and she has also served as a consultant on The West Wing.
Before joining the Clinton campaign in 1991, she served as press secretary for Dianne Feinstein during her 1990 bid for the California governorship and worked on the presidential campaigns of Governor Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President Walter F. Mondale. She also worked on the staffs of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and California State Senator Art Torres.
After leaving the Clinton administration, she has worked as a political analyst, commentator and writer, co-hosting the CNBC political talk show Equal Time and serving as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine.
Myers is currently managing director of the Glover Park Group, counseling clients on strategic and crisis communications, reputation management and integrated marketing. She will be relocating to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband, Todd S. Purdum, a senior writer for Politico and contributing editor to Vanity Fair.
During her tenure, Fleishman is credited with creating and implementing the company’s “We Can Be Heroes” initiative, focusing on the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and, most recently, helped manage the the transition from Barry Meyer to Tsujihara as CEO.
“In her nine years at Warner Bros., Sue masterfully navigated the constantly evolving 24/7 news and media environment,” Tsujihara said. “In addition to numerous other accomplishments, she established an international team and ensured both a global perspective and consistency to our company messaging. I’m grateful for her many contributions to Warner Bros. and know she’ll have great success in all her future endeavors.”
“It was a great run at a wonderful company,” Fleishman said. “I would like to thank everyone at Warner Bros., particularly my exceptional team, for making each day fun and rewarding.”
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