Jim Kennedy promoted at Sony

He becomes executive vp for global communications

Sony's Jim Kennedy has been upped to executive vp for global communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

For the past three years, Kennedy has been senior vp for corporate communications, which during his time there has expanded to include employee communications and corporate social responsibility.

Kennedy duties include overseeing media relations for Sony Pictures and serving as a communications counselor and speechwriter for the executive team. He will report to Sony's chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal, who announced his promotion.

"It's an honor to work for Michael and Amy, under whose leadership the studio has experienced great stability, technological innovation and global growth," Kennedy said. "I'm also grateful to my staff and colleagues for their counsel and patience in teaching an old dog some new tricks over the past three years."

Before Sony, Kennedy served as a spokesman for President Bill Clinton, Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman and Vice President Al Gore.