Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
Robert Lawson is Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for the development and implementation of SPE’s overall communications strategies and leads the company’s media relations, executive communications, crisis/issues management and thought-leadership activities, working closely with SPE’s communications teams in the Motion Picture and Television Groups, as well as the company’s global communications team in Tokyo.
Lawson joined SPE after serving as an Executive Vice President at the strategic communications firm Rubenstein and running a division focused on corporate communications, crisis/issues management, thought-leadership and large-scale outreach campaigns. Prior to joining SPE, he had worked as a consultant with Sony Corporation of America on internal and external communications strategies and with SPE, first on the 2014 film Captain Phillips, and later on broader corporate communications after the 2014 cyber-attack.
Prior to his work with SPE, Lawson worked closely with Paramount Pictures while at Rubenstein, developing and implementing numerous internal and external communications strategies related to corporate positioning, restructuring and issues management as well as on various film-specific projects such as Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, Daren Aronofsky’s Noah and Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. Other clients at Rubenstein included NewsCorp, the NFL, Tribeca Enterprises/Tribeca Film Festival, the NYC Marathon and Tishman Speyer.
Prior to Rubenstein, Lawson was a deputy press secretary for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At the Mayor’s office his portfolio of agencies included the NYPD, FDNY, Criminal Justice, Parks, Office of Emergency Management, Law Department, Cultural Affairs and the Department of Education.