by Evie Fordham
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has accepted a position as chief communications officer for a spin off of 21st Century Fox, the company announced Monday.
The organization that 29-year-old Hicks will work for, FOX, is “the company to be spun-off in connection with 21st Century Fox’s merger with The Walt Disney Company,” according to a Monday press release. Hicks will also be an executive vice president of FOX when the merger goes through.
She is the former press secretary of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and her ties to the Trump family go back to her work for the Trump Organization and even Ivanka Trump’s fashion label, reported NBC News.
Speculation has abounded about Hicks’s next step after she left the White House in March. The East Coast native will be stationed in Los Angeles, according to the press release.
“FOX won’t find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Monday. “So happy for my friend. They are beyond lucky to have you and the East Coast misses you already.”
FOX won’t find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks. So happy for my friend. They are beyond lucky to have you and the East Coast misses you already. https://t.co/mUQUlip5oc
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 8, 2018
Hicks was the youngest White House communications director ever, according to Business Insider. When Hicks left her Trump administration position, she “had worked for Trump inside and outside the White House longer than any other senior administration official,” reported USA Today. Former Fox News President Bill Shine took her White House job in June, reported NBC News.
21st Century Fox is selling off many of its “entertainment assets” to Disney, and “new” FOX will consist of assets like Fox News, Fox Business and local affiliate television stations, reported USA Today.
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Evie Fordham is a reporter for the Daily News Caller Foundation. Follow Evie on Twitter @eviefordham.