UTA hires Claudia Russo as senior vice president of corporate communications

Veteran Communications Officer Claudia Russo joined United Talent Agency (UTA) as SVP of Corporate Communications.

Russo joins the global talent, entertainment, sports and marketing company from Verizon Business Markets and previously spent 15 years at Fox Television Stations. She begins immediately in her new role and will move to Los Angeles from New York this summer.

“As our business continues to grow in size, influence and complexity, Claudia’s deep knowledge and experience in media relations and investor relations will help us continue to raise our game as we let’s tell the UTA story on the world stage,” said UTA Communications Director Richard. Siklos, announcing the hiring of Russo.

Throughout his career, Russo has advised C-Suite executives, celebrities and news anchors on corporate strategy, public relations and brand reputation campaigns. She joins the company from Verizon Business Markets, where she served as Chief Communications Officer since 2020 and oversaw a 20-person team that supported the Fortune 25 company and the Chief Revenue Officer’s broader business portfolio.

Prior to Verizon, she spent 15 years at Fox Television Stations, where she led corporate communications at 28 owned-and-operated stations and the company’s entertainment syndication division. During her tenure, she worked on communications around the sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney in 2019 and the creation of Fox Corp.

A graduate of Villanova University, Russo also earned a master’s degree in corporate communications from Purdue University.

News of Russo’s hiring follows the company’s recent acquisitions of British artistic and literary agency Curtis Brown Group and entertainment and marketing consultancy MediaLink, as well as a strategic partnership with global private equity firm EQT. Growth and expansion also continues internally as, last week, UTA announced the launch of a fashion divisiondirected by Anne Nelson.

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