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 and internal communications, crisis/issues management and thought-leadership activities, working closely with Sony Corporation’s global communications team in Tokyo.
Lawson joined SPE after serving as an Executive Vice President at the strategic communications firm Rubenstein where he ran a division focused on corporate communications, crisis/issues management, thought-leadership and large-scale outreach campaigns. Prior to joining SPE, he worked as a consultant with Sony Corporation of America on internal and external communications strategies, and later with SPE on select film projects and then broader corporate communications following the 2014 cyber-attack.
Previous 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. Other clients at Rubenstein included NewsCorp, the NFL, Tribeca Enterprises/Tribeca Film Festival, the NYC Marathon and Tishman Speyer.
Prior to Rubenstein, Bob 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.
Lawson currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, a theater whose mission is to gather artists, thinkers and audiences to expand the role the arts play in our diverse community.