Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton just issued an internal notice that SVP Communications Charles Sipkins has resigned to pursue other opportunities. “We thank him for his contributions and wish him success in the future,” the memo said.
Sipkins, whom I always found to be an effective, stand up guy, came aboard in August 2013 after working with several media companies in his role at crisis PR firm Sard Verbinnen, including advising for Yahoo and Peter Chernin. He oversaw all aspects of the company’s corporate communications and the existing SPE team, and joined during that summer where Sony was in the news a lot as it fended off Third Point hedge fund CEO Daniel Loeb, who criticized the studio for poor box office performances from such titles as After Earth and White House Down among other things and wanted parent Sony to spin off its entertainment assets. Sony didn’t budge, and Loeb later backed off.