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Karen Jones Departing As Head Of Communications For HBO & HBO Max After 23 Years At The Company

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Veteran PR executive Karen Jones is stepping down as EVP and Head of Communications for HBO and HBO Max. She will be leaving HBO — and likely the entertainment business — early next year and is exploring opportunities in educational access. “After 23 years, I will be leaving HBO,” Jones wrote in a staff email. (You can read it in full below.) “This won’t come as a surprise to some of you, as I’ve spoken candidly about my desire to have a next chapter, to chase new dreams and start paying it forward with more intention.

Slowly, and then all at once, it was exactly the right time.”  Jones was elevated to EVP of Communications for HBO in 2019 and added oversight of the HBO Max slate the following year.

A respected communications executive, she has led her team through multiple restructurings, an ownership change and the pandemic. “I could always rely on Karen to be the most thoughtful and insightful voice in the room,” said Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO and HBO Max Content. “Over the past several years, she played a pivotal role in guiding us in the right direction through a period of transformation.

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