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Former Viacom Corporate Comm EVP Lands at Abernathy

Carl Folta, the long-time corporate spokesman for Viacom, has joined strategic communications firm Abernathy MacGregor as senior counselor.

Folta was executive vice president of corporate communications at Viacom under former CEO Phillippe Dauman. Folta left the company last year after Dauman was ousted by the family of Sumner Redstone, which owns a controlling stake in the media company company.

Related: Folta Steps Down as Viacom Communications Chief

"Carl’s extraordinary knowledge, expertise and relationships throughout the corporate community are very additive to our own, and will reinforce our firm’s position at the forefront of strategic communications for global and U.S. companies,” said Tom Johnson, CEO of Abernathy MacGregor. “Our clients will benefit from his decades of experience in all facets of public relations, and especially from his intricate knowledge of the media industry and issues facing those companies in the current environment.”

Folta was at Viacom from 1994 to 2016. Before that he was with Paramount Communications and Ruder & Finn.

“Abernathy MacGregor advises corporate leaders during some of their companies’ critical moments – from mergers and acquisitions and shareholder activism to crises and litigation – and I’m pleased to be joining the firm, which I have long admired,” Folta said. “I am excited about working with the outstanding team at Abernathy MacGregor and I look forward to using my skills, experience and insight to benefit the firm and its clients.”