The Browns have hired Zak Gilbert as their director of communications, the team announced tonight.
Gilbert spent this past season serving as the director of media relations for the Oakland Raiders.
He replaces former Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis, whom the organization let go in May. Gulkis, who had been with the Browns since 2009, spent his last day with the team on Friday.
Raiders owner Mark Davis fired Gilbert on June 1. Citing team sources, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Mark Davis was unhappy with a story by Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter that published in April and portrayed General Manager Reggie McKenzie in a positive light but was critical of Mark Davis and his father, late owner Al Davis.
Before his one season with the Raiders, Gilbert worked as director of athletic media relations at Colorado State University (2007-12). His resume also includes jobs with the Green Bay Packers (2001-07) and Colorado Rockies (1998-2001) and internships with the Denver Broncos (1997) and his alma mater, the University of Colorado (1994-97).
“We are thrilled to add someone with Zak’s skills and background to lead our communications department,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said in a news release. “He brings nearly 20 years of expertise on both the collegiate and professional level. We are happy to welcome him to the Browns organization.”
With his new team, Gilbert inherits two media relations coordinators, Dan Murphy and Brian Smith.