Jeff Zucker's Publicist Out at NBC Universal

Allison Gollust will follow her boss in leaving the company once the Comcast merger is completed at year's end.

In the wake of September's news that Jeff Zucker is exiting his post as NBC Universal CEO, the company's top corporate spokesperson, Allison Gollust, has told staff that she also will relinquish her position once the Comcast merger is completed.

The move, reported by the New York Times, had been expected.

Comcast has not named a replacement for Gollust, but the Times cited Adam Miller, president of the Abernathy MacGregor PR firm, who worked with Comcast during the past year on the NBC Universal deal, as a likely candidate. Zucker will be replaced by Comcast COO Steve Burke.

Gollust will remain in her position as executive vp corporate communications until Dec. 31, when the Comcast deal is expected to close. She told the Times that she has no immediate plans to take another position but will seek one in the future.

Gollust spent most of her career -- 14 years -- working in NBC media relations, becoming a confident of Zucker's after she was named chief publicist for Today in 1998 when Zucker was the morning show's executive producer.

She then worked her way up the ranks, overseeing media relations for all of NBC News before taking on her current position last year.