Chairman of NBCUniversal
Steve Burke is Chairman of NBCUniversal and will retire in August 2020.
Burke was previously Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal from 2011 to 2019, where he oversaw the company’s valuable portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Burke assumed the role of NBCUniversal CEO in January 2011, upon the closing of Comcast and General Electric’s joint venture merging the assets of NBC Universal with Comcast’s programming assets. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Comcast Corporation, where he was a driving force in its growth from a cable industry leader to one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services.
Burke joined Comcast in 1998 as President of Comcast Cable. During his tenure, Comcast became the largest cable company, largest residential Internet service provider, and third-largest phone company in America, along with launching a wireless business. Burke also led Comcast to leadership in multiplatform video entertainment distribution, including the company’s industry-changing video-on-demand platform and online video offerings. He has been praised for leading the highly successful integration of AT&T Broadband with Comcast.
Prior to Comcast, Burke served with The Walt Disney Company as President of ABC Broadcasting. Burke joined The Walt Disney Company in January 1986, where he helped to develop and found The Disney Stores. In 1992, he moved to Euro Disney S.A., where, as President and Chief Operating Officer, he helped to lead a comprehensive restructuring effort.
Burke serves on the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Burke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He lives in New York with his wife and five children.
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Shell was named Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal in January 2020. He oversees the company’s valuable portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.
Previously, Shell was Chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment. In this role, he oversaw the content creation, programming and distribution engines behind NBCUniversal’s film and network television businesses including NBC Entertainment, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), Telemundo and NBCUniversal International. He was also responsible for driving the extensions of the company’s intellectual property and consumer product strategy with Universal Brand Development, as well as the expansion of the go-to destination for moviegoers with Fandango.
Shell previously served as Chairman of UFEG, a position he held since 2013. Over the course of his tenure, Universal celebrated four years of record profit, and the two most profitable years in the studio’s 107-year history with titles from some of its biggest franchises such as Fast & Furious, Jurassic World and Illumination’s Despicable Me. With Shell’s oversight, Universal Brand Development’s portfolio grew extensively to include Consumer Products, Games and Digital Platforms, and Live Entertainment. Fandango’s portfolio expanded to include a global suite of ticketing properties, including MovieTickets.com, Flixster, Ingresso.com and Fandango Latin America. Additionally, the company acquired DreamWorks Animation in 2016, and under Shell’s leadership, the global family entertainment company and its feature film and television brands became an integral part of UFEG.
Prior to joining UFEG, Shell served as Chairman of NBCUniversal International. In this role, he managed all aspects of NBCUniversal’s international businesses including International TV Distribution, Global Television Networks and International Television Production. He also oversaw, in partnership with their domestic leaders, CNBC International, International Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, International Home Entertainment and International Theme Parks Operations.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Shell served as President of Comcast Programming Group where he was responsible for managing Comcast’s national and regional television networks including E! Entertainment Network, the Golf Channel, International Channel Networks, and Comcast Sports Group, just to name a few. Under his leadership, Comcast’s networks grew significantly in distribution, viewership and profitability during his six-year tenure.
Before Comcast, Shell was CEO of Gemstar TV Guide International leading the business through a number of legal and operational challenges. Previous to Gemstar, he held several positions at News Corporation including President, FOX Cable Networks Group. He also held leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and Salomon Brothers prior to joining News Corporation.
Shell serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the National Constitution Center and organizations focused on public school reform.
Shell received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Applied Mathematics from University of California, Berkeley. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Chairman, Entertainment Networks
As Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Frances Berwick leads program strategy and business operations for the NBC broadcast network and NBCU’s six cable entertainment networks: USA, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy and Universal Kids.
Berwick is responsible for operational oversight of marketing, communications, scheduling, business affairs, research and acquisitions across all networks reporting to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
Prior to her current role, Berwick served as President, Lifestyle Networks for NBCUniversal (Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids), where she oversaw a portfolio of some of the most popular and culturally relevant hits on television, running daily operations for the networks including development, production, program planning, marketing, research, digital and communications.
Under Berwick’s leadership, Bravo was the #1 cable entertainment network among female viewers with popular series including Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Project Runway,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Southern Charm,” and the “Below Deck,” “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. In 2019, she oversaw the launch of BravoCon, the first-ever immersive experience for the Bravo superfan. The event was attended by over 10,000 consumers and sold out in 60 seconds.
At Oxygen, she spearheaded the shift to a multiplatform true crime destination in 2017, which resulted in the network becoming one of the fastest growing on cable, led by popular original series including the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” “In Ice Cold Blood,” and breakout hit specials such as “Dirty John, The Dirty Truth,” “Sam Little,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.”
At E!, Berwick led the network’s success as a global, multi-platform pop culture powerhouse with some of TV’s most buzzy unscripted programming, including “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Very Cavallari,” and “Botched” on linear, and “The Rundown” on Snapchat. Under her leadership, E! also became the home of the “E! People’s Choice Awards.”
In 2017, Berwick oversaw the preschool network’s rebrand and transformation from Sprout into Universal Kids, which expanded the target audience from preschool age up to 11-year-old kids. Universal Kids is anchored by original animation including Dreamworks’ “Where’s Waldo,” “Remy and Boo,” and “Norman Picklestripes” and unscripted originals like “Get Out of My Room” and “Top Chef Junior.”
As General Manager of Bravo from 2008-2010, Berwick oversaw a 33 percent increase in original content and led her team to four consecutive years of record-breaking successes across all ratings and financial metrics. From 2005-2008, Berwick was Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, where she supervised all of Bravo's development, production, scheduling and acquisitions.
Earlier in her career, Berwick oversaw the development and production of the successful Emmy-winning series "Queer Eye" after the brand's 2002 acquisition by NBC. She also developed, produced and launched Emmy winners "Top Chef" and "Project Runway," two-time Emmy winner "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," Emmy-winning original series, "Inside the Actors Studio," as well as the "The Real Housewives" franchise, which has since become a global phenomenon. In 1996, Berwick joined Bravo from Britain's Channel 4, where she headed international TV distribution and licensing. It was there that she sold shows and formats and Film4 Productions including “Four Weddings and A Funeral," "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Prior to that, she was in the sponsorship division at Sadler's Wells (a leading London Theater), where she raised funds for stage productions.
Berwick has received numerous accolades throughout her career including two Peabody Awards, three Primetime Emmys and a National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications Award (NAMIC). In addition, Berwick was presented with the Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement in 2013 by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and has also been named a Multichannel News Wonder Woman and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment. Berwick is a member of New York Women in Film & Television, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).
Berwick has a master's degree from Edinburgh University and resides in Manhattan with her husband and son.
Chairman, NBC Sports Group
Pete Bevacqua is Chairman, NBC Sports Group. He was promoted in September 2020, becoming the third Chairman in the history of NBC Sports. In this role, he oversees NBC Sports Group’s unprecedented collection of assets and platforms, which includes NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Digital, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
Together with his team, Bevacqua completed a number of key rights agreements. NBCUniversal re-acquired the complete U.S. media rights for all United States Golf Association championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, through 2026; agreed to a nine-year extension of the company’s PGA TOUR rights; secured a new Sunday night NFL Wild Card playoff game, which will be presented live across NBC, Telemundo, and Peacock in January 2021; and established NBCUniversal’s multi-year partnership with PointsBet, making PointsBet the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports.
Bevacqua joined NBCUniversal in September 2018 as President, NBC Sports Group, overseeing programming, marketing, digital, the NBC Sports Regional Networks, and all Golf businesses. In February 2019, Bevacqua assumed oversight of the entire sports division.
Previously, Bevacqua served as CEO of the PGA of America from 2012-2018. In this role, Bevacqua guided the business and overall strategy of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals.
Prior to the PGA of America, Bevacqua served as Global Head of Golf at Creative Artists Agency (CAA Sports). He was also Chief Business Officer for the USGA and served as the first Managing Director of the U.S. Open Championship.
Additional roles Bevacqua has had include: World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Chairperson; a PGA World Alliance leadership team member; Chairperson of the International Golf Federation, a group that was instrumental in golf’s return to the Olympics; special advisor to the Captains Club for The Memorial Tournament; and a board member for RISE, an alliance of sports organizations that promote racial equality. A former SportsBusiness Journal “Forty Under 40” honoree, Bevacqua also received the 2016 March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.
Bevacqua graduated from the University of Notre Dame magna cum laude (1993), with a B.A. in English. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude (1997). He began his career as a legal associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City. Bevacqua and his wife, Tiffany, have three children.
Chairman, Content Distribution
Matt Bond serves as Chairman of Content Distribution for NBCUniversal, where he is responsible for overseeing distribution agreements for all NBCUniversal content by multi-channel video providers and new media distributors, including distribution of NBCUniversal’s linear cable and broadcast networks, NBC Owned station signals, and TV Everywhere, video on demand film and television products.
Most recently, Mr. Bond led NBCUniversal’s cross-portfolio launch of TV Everywhere, including live simulcasts from cable news, cable entertainment and sports, as well as on demand content from each of the networks. Mr. Bond and his team secured extensive affiliation agreements to offer NBCUniversal’s entire portfolio of top-rated broadcast and cable content with some of the nation’s largest distributors, including Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Verizon.
Also on the Olympics front, Mr. Bond spearheaded the distribution of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia that resulted in more than 242 million media exposures across NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital properties. Mr. Bond and his team oversaw the negotiations with more than 225 distributors and are credited with making the Games available to the nation’s 100+ million cable, satellite and telco customers, who were able to access more than 1,000 hours of live streaming content.
Before joining NBCUniversal, Mr. Bond was Executive Vice President of Content Acquisition for Comcast Cable, where he was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the Company’s content portfolio, including the negotiation of programming agreements for all Comcast cable systems. Mr. Bond also led content acquisition for new media rights and strategic multiplatform initiatives, including On Demand Online, and oversaw the launch of XfinityTV.com.
Prior, Mr. Bond served as executive vice president of Distribution for the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network (YES), and before that, Executive Vice President of Programming at AT&T Broadband and President of Satellite Services, Inc., an AT&T Broadband subsidiary, managing the delivery of video programming services. Previously, he served as executive vice president of Programming for Telecommunications, Inc. (TCI), prior to its merger with AT&T.
Mr. Bond holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Denver and a J.D. from the University of Colorado.
Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group
Cesar Conde was named Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group in May 2020. In this role, Conde has oversight of NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC, including editorial and business operations for the award-winning television and digital properties. He reports to Jeff Shell, CEO, NBCUniversal.
Previously, Conde was Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. As Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group, Conde was responsible for the operations and international expansion of NBCUniversal businesses outside of North America.
As Chairman of NBCU Telemundo Enterprises, Conde oversaw the leading media properties that serve Hispanics worldwide. He was instrumental in building NBCU Telemundo Enterprises into a world-class media company that produces and distributes high-quality Spanish-language content across a range of broadcast, cable, and digital properties, including: the Telemundo flagship TV network, 30 local stations, Universo Cable Network, Telemundo Digital Enterprises, Telemundo Global Studios, Telemundo Deportes, Noticias Telemundo, Telemundo Films and several other video content and distribution properties.
Conde repositioned Telemundo as the programming authority and destination for a fast-growing audience. Under Conde’s leadership, Telemundo became the number one Spanish-language network for the first time in the company’s history by regularly dominating primetime among key consumer demographics. He oversaw Telemundo’s transformation into an increasingly innovative media company, with an emphasis on original programming, reality television, sports, music and news, including launching three daily national newscasts, an investigative unit, and local newscasts in key markets.
Conde also implemented an aggressive multiplatform digital strategy to reach tech-savvy consumers through streaming services, social media, virtual reality and programming partnerships. As a result, Telemundo has become one of the top networks in social engagement in the industry.
Conde joined NBCUniversal in October 2013 as Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal to oversee NBCU International and NBCU Digital Enterprises. Prior to NBCUniversal, Conde was the President of Univision Networks and served in a variety of senior executive capacities at the company. He is credited with transforming the Spanish-language media company into a leading global, multi-platform media brand.
Social and community initiatives are core to Conde’s business approach. At NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, he spearheaded the launch of “El Poder En Ti,” the company’s robust community empowerment initiative and launched the Telemundo Academy, an educational center to train the next generation of industry leaders. While at Univision, he created a national education initiative with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Prior to Univision, Conde served as a White House Fellow for Secretary of State Colin L. Powell from 2002–2003. Previously, he worked at StarMedia Network, the first internet company focused on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking audiences globally, and in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Salomon Smith Barney.
Conde serves on the board of directors of Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP). Conde is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Paley Center for Media. He is a Full Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Beau Ferrari is Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of premium Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. He oversees the company’s fast-growing multiplatform portfolio, including the flagship Telemundo broadcast Network, which has experienced unprecedented growth over the last several years and led to its position as the number one Spanish-language network. In this role, Ferrari is responsible for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises properties across Entertainment, Sports, News, Cable, Global Studios and 30 local stations in addition to broadcast, digital and streaming platforms, including Peacock. He reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
Previously, Ferrari was Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises since 2017, overseeing the company’s operations, financial performance, corporate strategy and development for the portfolio of businesses. During his tenure, Telemundo became a top five broadcast network—alongside NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox—for the first time in its history.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Ferrari held various senior executive positions with Univision Communications Inc., including Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, where he oversaw strategic planning, acquisitions and growth investments, and Executive Vice President of Operations (COO), where he operated 17 networks, cable, news, sports and digital businesses. Previously, he was co-founder and partner of a private equity investment firm and began his career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley.
Ferrari is a lifetime Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He has served on the boards of various public and private companies and is also former Chairman of the Florida Institute, a non-profit organization. Ferrari holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude in Finance and International Business.
Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal
Bonnie Hammer is Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal. As a strategic advisor to Jeff Shell, CEO, she leverages her strong business and creative experience, broad industry relationships and long-standing commitment to prosocial advocacy to further company initiatives.
In her 40 plus year career, Hammer been involved in every facet of the television business, often being tapped to position emerging platforms for success. In her previous role as Chairman of the Universal Studio Group, she strategically aligned NBCUniversal’s content business for the global market, bringing together the company’s three powerhouse studios -- Universal Television, UCP and NBCUniversal International Studios -- under one umbrella. Prior to her studio purview, Hammer was Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, overseeing the creation of Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform.
Hammer moved to Peacock after serving as Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment where she had executive oversight of leading cable brands USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Universal Kids. Under Hammer's leadership, these cable networks experienced tremendous growth domestically and internationally. During her tenure at USA, the network was the most-watched entertainment cable channel for record-setting 13 consecutive years. She also grew the network’s profitability by and impressive 33%. As her portfolio grew, Hammer developed SYFY into a global brand by extending its reach to 116 countries worldwide, guided Bravo to top 5 cable network and directed the growth, both domestically and internationally, for E! Entertainment. She also created and oversaw two award-winning production studios, UCP and Wilshire Studios, as well as the digital business Bluprint.
In addition to leading network growth Hammer also cultivated a roster of award-winning series and talent. Under her leadership, USA, SYFY and UCP recorded 167 Emmy award nominations and series such as “Monk,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “Homecoming,” “The Act,” “Dirty John” and “Battlestar Galactica” were regularly lauded by the Television Academy, HFPA and Screen Actors Guild. “Mr. Robot” and “Battlestar Galactica” also received Peabody and AFI awards.
In 2016, with a move that Variety Magazine described as “blowing up the cable TV management playbook,” she centralized all original scripted content for the portfolio under one team and formed a new division tasked with developing forward-thinking planning, Strategy and Commercial Growth.
Earlier in her career, Hammer was an original programming executive at Lifetime Television Network, where she executive produced several award-winning documentaries for the network’s acclaimed Signature Series. She was honored with the Lillian Gish Award, several Cine Golden Eagles and the National Association for Youth’s Mentor Award. Before coming to New York, Hammer executive produced “Good Day!” for WCVB in Boston, and produced the series “This Old House,” “Infinity Factory” and “Zoom!” for PBS.
As a leader, Hammer sought ways to use her platforms to promote social inclusivity. She created and launched a pro-social campaign designed to fight hate and discrimination in America, “Erase the Hate,” in 1994. The initiative received a coveted Governors Award from the Television Academy for its groundbreaking documentaries and specials, community programs and educational materials.
Throughout her career, Hammer has been lauded for both her executive prowess and her dedication to social responsibility. She was named the 2019 “Executive of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter. She is also consistently included on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100” list and was named “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by the publication. Hammer is regularly included on Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women” list, Forbes’ list of “The World's 100 Most Powerful Women” and Vanity Fair's annual “New Establishment” list. In 2008, Hammer received the Anti-Defamation League’s Entertainment Industry Award; she has since chaired ADL’s National Entertainment Advisory Council. For her professional contributions, Hammer has been honored by UJA Federation of New York with the group’s Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award, the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and the prestigious Crystal+Lucy Award from Women in Film. She was also inducted into Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame.
Hammer currently serves on the Board of Directors of eBay and IAC/InteractiveCorp. She also sits on the AFI Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors for the MPTF Foundation and serves on the strategic planning committee for Boston University’s College of Communication.
Outside the office, Hammer is also an accomplished photographer who has had her work displayed in several galleries and in leading publications such as Time magazine and The Boston Globe. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master’s degree in media and new technology from Boston University. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Boston University in 2017.
Kimberley D. Harris
Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and General Counsel of NBCUniversal
Kimberley D. Harris is Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and General Counsel of NBCUniversal.
In this role, Harris oversees all international government and regulatory affairs for Comcast, supporting the company’s businesses worldwide. Additionally, as General Counsel of NBCUniversal, Harris provides legal advice to senior management team and oversees the legal function across all NBCUniversal divisions. She reports to Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell.
Harris joined NBCUniversal in 2013 from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she was a partner in the litigation department.
From 2010 to 2012, Harris served in the White House Counsel’s Office, and became the principal Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President in 2011. At the White House, she advised senior Executive Branch officials on congressional investigations and executive privilege issues. In addition, Harris developed and implemented the White House response to congressional investigations, and managed litigation matters relating to the President.
From 2009 to 2010, she was Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division.
Harris first joined Davis Polk & Wardwell as an associate in 1997 and was named a litigation partner in 2007. From 1996 to 1997, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., U.S. District Court, S.D. New York.
She serves on the boards of directors for the Advocates for Children of New York, an organization that provides legal and advocacy services to at-risk students in the New York City school system, and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Harris is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, and the Board of Mount Sinai Health System.
Harris graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, and holds a law degree from Yale Law School. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and three sons.
An award-winning broadcast veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Mark Hoffman was named Chairman of CNBC in April 2015.
Hoffman, who was named CNBC President in 2005, has spent more than a decade transforming CNBC into a leading, multi-platform international business news brandthat is widely regarded as First in Business Worldwide. Hoffman has overseen the expansion of the network’s global footprint; established a profitable and growing digital business; and successfully developed and implemented a new primetime strategy. CNBC at night features a mix of reality programming, highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC and a number of original in-house documentaries all consistent with the network’s distinct brand and all of which has dramatically increased CNBC’s measured ratings during primetime.
Prior to returning to CNBC, Hoffman served as President and General Manager of WVIT, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Hartford, CT, beginning in August 2001. He came to WVIT from CNBC, where he was Vice President and Managing Editor, Business News and also served as acting President and Managing Director for CNBC Europe. Hoffman first joined CNBC in 1997, after an extremely successful local television station career at KDNL in St. Louis (VP and GM), KNBC in Los Angeles (VP, News), WBBM in Chicago (News Director) and WAGA in Atlanta (News Director) and also held management positions at ABC-owned WABC in New York and WLS in Chicago.
Hoffman holds a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married and has three sons.
Vice Chairman, Business Affairs & Operations
Jimmy Horowitz is Vice Chairman of Business Affairs & Operations for NBCUniversal. In this newly-created role, he oversees global deal making across the portfolio of the media industry’s premier film and television studios, television networks and streaming service, Peacock. Horowitz advises and collaborates with Business Affairs teams across the Company, providing expertise, counsel and insight into all major deals, and setting policy across the portfolio addressing the new distribution landscape.
Horowitz has been with the Company for nearly 30 years, rising through the ranks to the highest levels of studio leadership. He was named Vice Chairman and President of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) in January 2019, after serving in several senior roles, including President of Universal Pictures, Co-President of Production and Executive Vice President of Universal Pictures.
While serving as Vice Chairman and President of UFEG, Horowitz negotiated an unprecedented five-year exclusive partnership with visionary filmmaker Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, secured a five-year exclusive deal with The LEGO Group to develop, produce and distribute theatrical releases based on its intellectual property and original ideas, negotiated a new five-year overall film and TV deal for Working Title with Universal Pictures and NBCUniversal International Studios and brought LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company over to the film studio in a four-year deal.
He began his tenure at the company in 1992 in the feature legal department and subsequently held the roles of Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, managing all of Universal’s term deals, along with oversight of the business and legal affairs departments. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. He also practiced labor law at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips, LLP and later at Greenberg Glusker until 1990.
Horowitz is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
He earned his Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science.
Chairman, Universal Studio Group
Pearlena Igbokwe is Chairman, Universal Studio Group. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of creative affairs and production for NBCUniversal’s three powerhouse studios: Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP), and NBCUniversal International Studios. She reports directly to Jeff Shell, CEO NBCUniversal.
Currently, Pearlena oversees the production of over 2500 hours of of programming currently airing or streaming around the globe and manages a slate of ambitious storytellers including Tina Fey, Seth MacFarlane, Amy Poehler, Dick Wolf, Lorne Michaels, Michael Schur, Nahnatchka Khan, Sam Esmail, Julie Plec, Larry Wilmore, Debra Martin Chase, Gareth Neame, Alan Yang, David Heyman, Sean Hayes, and Tanya Saracho, among numerous others.
From June 2016 to September 2020, Igbokwe was President, Universal Television where she oversaw creative development, casting and production for one of the country's largest and most successful studios. She led the division to new heights with record volume, commercial success and critical acclaim. Some of her programming highlights include “Russian Doll,” “The Good Place,” “New Amsterdam,” “The Bold Type,” “Good Girls,” and Dick Wolf’s successful new franchise,” “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” among numerous other notable projects. In a highly competitive landscape, Igbokwe was able to secure pickups for her projects on every major streaming service, a variety of premium cable outlets and every broadcast network.
Before her studio role, Igbokwe served as Executive Vice President, Drama Programming, for NBC Entertainment, where she developed the top-rated new broadcast dramas for three out of her four years in the role (“The Blacklist,” “Blindspot” and “This Is Us”).
Igbokwe worked at Showtime for 20 years where she was involved in developing the pilot and overseeing the first five seasons of “Dexter,” Showtime's most popular series ever. She also developed the pilot for “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen, and supervised the Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed original series “Nurse Jackie.” In addition, she shepherded Tracey Ullman's “State of the Union,” Damon Wayans' “The Underground,” Kirstie Alley's “Fat Actress” and the television adaptation of the hit feature film “Barbershop.” She was also instrumental in the five-season run of the hit Showtime series “Soul Food,” a two-time NAACP Image Award winner for Best Drama Series.
Igbokwe has mined success from a number of original movies she developed for Showtime, including the Humanitas Award-nominated “Jasper, Texas,” starring Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Louis Gossett Jr.; the Emmy-nominated “Bojangles,” starring the late Gregory Hines; and the Peabody Award-winning “Strange Justice.”
She began her Showtime career as Manager of Direct Response, Television Marketing and earlier worked as an Associate at NBC in New York City.
Igbokwe has been featured in numerous industry trade magazines for her leadership, including The Hollywood Reporter (Women in Entertainment Power 100, Top 35 Under 35), Variety (Power of Women), Ebony (Top 50 Showbiz Players) and Essence, among others.
She currently serves on the boards of the Hollywood Radio and TV Society (HRTS) and National Association of TV Programming Executives (NATPE), as well as the Television Academy Executive Committee.
Igbowke, who was born in Nigeria, is married and has two children. She resides in Los Angeles.
Rashida Jones is President of MSNBC, the premiere destination for breaking news, award-winning journalism, in-depth analysis and informed perspectives. She is responsible for oversight of all programming, editorial units, business development and technical operations.
Prior to taking on the role of President in February 2021, Jones served as Senior Vice President, NBC News and MSNBC. In this position, she spearheaded cross-platform breaking news and major events for both networks, including coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and the networks’ Decision 2020 coverage including presidential debates, town halls, primaries and special election nights and forums. Jones also led MSNBC’s dayside and weekend news programming, where she managed hours of live reporting and newsgathering backed by the journalism of NBC News. Jones won an Emmy for strategic coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage in 2016 and executive produced the most-watched Democratic presidential debate in history during the 2020 election cycle.
Before joining MSNBC in 2013, Jones was the News Director for the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, where she rebuilt and rebranded the news team to focus on deep investigative reporting. The station was #1 in the market. Jones also served as Director of Live Programming at The Weather Channel, leading coverage and content for some of the network’s most historic weather events, including Hurricane Katrina, mass tornado outbreaks and devastating snow storms.
In 2019, Jones was inducted into the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame, an honor acknowledging her outstanding work in the journalism industry. She is an ambassador for the Alliance for Women in Media, a board member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2020, Jones was named to Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report and 37 New Yorkers Making an Impact in Entertainment lists.
Jones received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media-Arts Broadcast from Hampton University. She currently lives in New Jersey with her two children.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal
Kathy Kelly-Brown serves as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. In this role, Kelly-Brown is responsible for identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities across the entire portfolio of both companies. She leads “Symphony,” the company-wide initiative that leverages both Comcast Cable’s and NBCUniversal’s unparalleled assets to maximize consumer awareness and engagement, as well as the company’s Global Talent Booking division. Kelly-Brown reports to Neil Smit, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable and Jeff Shell, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal. She works from both New York City and Philadelphia.
Most recently, Kelly-Brown served as Senior Vice President of Global Talent Booking, a division she launched that develops strategic, customized publicity opportunities for talent – tapping into NBCUniversal’s broad portfolio, including entertainment, sports and news platforms.
Kelly-Brown also held several communications positions across NBCUniversal, including Senior Vice President, Communications, NBCUniversal News Group, where she oversaw the development and execution of the communications strategy and served as principal spokesperson for the group which included NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel. Previously, as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, she led the company’s communication efforts for areas including broadcast and entertainment cable ad sales, government affairs and internal communications. Additionally, Kelly-Brown helped lead communications for the Comcast and NBCUniversal transaction, announced in 2009. She also served as Vice President, NBC Entertainment Publicity where she oversaw the creation and execution of publicity campaigns for all of NBC’s primetime series, long form, special and daytime programming.
Chief Financial Officer
Anand Kini was named Chief Financial Officer for NBCUniversal in May 2015. In addition to his role as CFO, Kini will continue to help shape NBCUniversal’s long term strategic direction, and lead consumer and business insights efforts. He is a member of the Executive Committee and reports to Jeff Shell, CEO, NBCUniversal.
Most recently, Kini served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Insights where he oversaw the company’s long range strategic planning. Additionally, he managed the existing research infrastructure and worked to create new capabilities to best support the businesses’ needs, which included evaluating entertainment consumption, advertising monetization and the emergences of new viewership platforms to better inform NBCUniversal decision making.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal in July 2011, Kini was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis for Comcast Cable Communications, LLC. In that role he managed Comcast Cable’s forecasting, annual budget, and three-year planning process, and served as a key analytical resource to help the cable businesses identify emerging market trends, evaluate competitive positioning and determine attractive growth strategies to drive strong financial returns.
He joined Comcast in 2007 from Activision Blizzard, a video game publisher in Southern Calif., where he was Vice President of Financial Planning. Prior to that, he was Director of Financial Planning for Disney’s Parks and Resorts division, where he split his time between California and Florida.
Kini is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a bachelor of arts in Economics, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
As Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), Donna Langley is responsible for the global creative strategy and business operations for the motion picture group. In this role, she oversees the production, marketing and distribution for film and television content across Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Focus Features, Universal Pictures International and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Under Langley’s strategic vision, Universal has been a consistent leader in the theatrical marketplace as the studio has successfully expanded and reinvigorated its core franchises including Fast & Furious, DWA’s How to Train Your Dragon, Jurassic World, the Bourne series, Pitch Perfect, Illumination’s Despicable Me as well as Fifty Shades, Mamma Mia, Ride Along, and The Purge. Through her stewardship in building a franchise business and securing long-term filmmaker partnerships with Amblin Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions, Illumination, and Monkeypaw Productions, she has positioned Universal a key content supplier to the broader NBCU portfolio including Universal Brand Development, Peacock and Theme Parks. Langley has also distinguished the studio a creative home to a generation of emerging filmmakers and content creators who champion original and inclusive storytelling.
Prior to being named sole Chairman, UFEG, in 2019, Langley served as Chairman of Universal Pictures since 2013 where she engineered a strategic slate of all-audience tentpoles, breakthrough comedies, and pop-culture hit horror films that resulted in four years of record global profit, and the two most profitable years in the studio’s 107-year history. During her tenure, Langley led Focus Features’ global realignment with Universal Pictures International; oversaw the studio’s successful integration of DreamWorks Animation; and launched the Global Talent Development & Inclusion group, making Universal the first major feature studio to have a department working with both production and workforce to build on the company’s commitment to progressing diversity and inclusion.
The studio has received numerous awards under Langley’s leadership. Most recently, Sam Mendes’ highly-acclaimed 1917 won the Golden Globes Awards for Best Picture and Best Director; in 2019, Universal Pictures and Focus Features took home five Academy Awards® including the Best Picture Oscar® for Green Book and the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman; and in 2018, Get Out took home an Academy Award ® for Best Original Screenplay.
Additional commercial and critical hits Langley has presided over include Hobbs & Shaw, Us, Downton Abbey, Harriet, Queen & Slim, Good Boys, Yesterday, Glass, Night School, Halloween, Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, and The Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2, Girls Trip, Split, Straight Outta Compton, Atomic Blonde, Ride Along, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, Unbroken, Trainwreck, Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl and Ray, among many others. She first joined Universal in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Production, and subsequently served as President of Production, Co-Chairman, Universal Pictures. She began her career at New Line Cinema, where she worked on hit Austin Powers franchise, as well as The Cell and Drop Dead Gorgeous.
Over the years, Langley has been recognized for her impact on the film and entertainment industry. A native of the United Kingdom, she is the first British female to run a major Hollywood studio, and was recently awarded a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) title by the Queen in her 2020 New Year’s Honour List. The honour recognizes Langley’s many accomplishments in redefining popular culture and her efforts to expand networks and opportunities for women and people of color in the entertainment industry, while also championing organizations dedicated to providing access, networks and pathways to success, for all people. She is also a recipient of 2018 Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award; the 2016 Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Pioneer of the Year Award; and the 2014 Women in Film’s Crystal Award for Excellence in Film.
A passionate advocate for mentorship and female empowerment, Langley is an Ambassador for Vital Voices Global Ambassadors Program and has served on the organization’s Board of Directors since 2013. She was also a key founder of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Film Mentorship program.
A voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Langley serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, Motion Picture Association (MPA), USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors, and SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Entertainment Industry Council.
Langley resides in Los Angeles with her family. ##
Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
Mark Lazarus was named Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming in May 2020. In this role, Lazarus is responsible for the company’s television networks - NBC Entertainment, Telemundo, USA, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Universal Kids, and international networks. He also oversees the company’s streaming service Peacock, the NBC Sports Group, owned television stations, and NBC affiliate relations. He reports to Jeff Shell, CEO, NBCUniversal.
Previously, Lazarus was Chairman, NBCUniversal Broadcast, Entertainment and Lifestyle Group, Sports and News, where he was responsible for most of the company’s east coast-based content businesses, including the Entertainment and Lifestyle Group, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. In addition, he oversaw the NBC Sports Group (since May 2011), NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and NBC Affiliate Relations (since September 2016).
Under Lazarus’ leadership, the company has forged new deals with the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, the Premier League and the NHL, among many other partnerships. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” has been primetime’s number one show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years. Additionally, USA Network has been the most-watched cable entertainment network for 12 consecutive years.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Lazarus was President of Media and Marketing at CSE, and previously served as President of Turner Entertainment Group from 2003-08.
At Turner Entertainment Group, he oversaw all aspects of Turner Entertainment Networks, which included Turner Sports, TBS, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and truTV; as well as The Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media unit, including Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Previously, he served as President of Turner Sports from 1999 to 2003.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Lazarus is on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Lake Foundation and Hilton Grand Vacations.
Chief Administration Officer, Comcast Corporation and Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal
Adam Miller is Chief Administration Officer, Comcast Corporation and Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal. He is responsible for communications, human resources, labor relations, corporate events, global booking, corporate social responsibility and community relations. Miller joined NBCUniversal as executive vice president of Corporate Affairs in January 2011.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Miller was President of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, a leading strategic communications firm, headquartered in New York. During Miller’s 17 year tenure at AMG, he counseled hundreds of domestic and international clients on a wide array of communications matters, including reputation and crisis management, general corporate communications, and investor and public relations. During his tenure, Miller developed a particular expertise in the media and entertainment field. His clients included: Comcast, Yahoo!, Viacom, Sprint, Thomson Reuters, AOL, IAC, Lagardere, EMI, DoubleClick, Loews Cineplex and The Village Voice.
He holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Hamilton College. Miller is on the boards of directors of the Children’s Hearing Institute and New Alternatives for Children (NAC). He resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
President, NBC News
Noah Oppenheim is the president of NBC News and is responsible for the network’s programming, editorial units, the division’s expanding digital properties and its bureaus around the world.
In his role, he oversees the network’s flagship programs, TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and Dateline, as well as NBC News Digital, the network’s streaming services NBC News NOW and TODAY All Day, and NBC News Studios.
Oppenheim was named president in February 2017 after two years as executive in charge of TODAY, a role he continues to hold. During this time, TODAY became the number one morning news broadcast in the key A25-54 demographic, winning the demo for 49 straight months.
Under his leadership, NBC News has deepened its pursuit of original journalism. The award-winning Investigative Unit doubled in size and in 2018 NBC News launched its Business & Tech Unit, with regular exclusive reporting on big tech companies and leaders, cyber security, and disinformation.
These original reporting units, along with the network’s Political Unit, have produced and broken more than 750 scoops and exclusive reports on a wide range of topics including the #MeToo movement and USA Gymnastics scandal, the Mueller investigation and 2016 Russian election interference investigation, the plight at the U.S.-Mexico border, North Korea’s nuclear program, medical device dangers, and most recently the government's response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Also a screenwriter, Oppenheim wrote the critically acclaimed film Jackie, which was awarded Best Screenplay at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. He also co-wrote The Maze Runner, launching a trilogy that has grossed nearly a billion dollars worldwide.
Oppenheim began his career in news, leading political talk shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and Scarborough Country. An Emmy-award winner and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Most Powerful People in Media,” he also helped create Mad Money with Jim Cramer. Previously, he reported on multiple presidential elections and from around the world, including from Iraq, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and Libya.
Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Craig Robinson is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal. He reports to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell.
In partnership with the company’s business leaders, Robinson works to define and build a culture that embraces and values diversity in its workforce, culture, content and perspectives. Additionally, alongside Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts, Robinson is leading Comcast’s $100 million commitment to fight injustice and inequality, and to accelerate company efforts in all areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. In this role, Robinson spearheads social justice efforts across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky to build programs, allocate resources and partner with international, national and local organizations to drive meaningful change against racism and inequality.
Robinson also oversees the company’s nine Employee Resource Groups with over 80 global chapters, co-chairs the industry-leading Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council and serves as the main liaison between NBCUniversal and key local and national advocacy organizations.
The company has been acknowledged for its leadership in diversity & inclusion, with repeat recognition on the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity, the Fortune list of 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, and the DiversityInc list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity.
Robinson was named to his position in August 2011, having previously served as President and General Manager of KNBC-TV, the NBC Owned Station in Los Angeles, where he oversaw all aspects of the television station including news, sales and community relations.
Previous roles include President and General Manager of WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio; Vice President of Sales for WRC-TV, NBC’s Owned Station in Washington, DC; and Local and National Sales Manager of KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. After studying Political Science at UCLA and a brief stint in retail sales and management, he took an entry level job at KCBS-TV (then KNXT-TV) in Advertising Sales and quickly realized that broadcasting and entertainment was where he wanted to spend his career. He joined NBC in 1996.
Raised in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles, Robinson’s interest in issues of social justice was sparked at an early age by his parents. His Chinese-American mother retired after a long career in public service, much of it in support of low-income families through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Robinson’s father was one of the first Black consultants for the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC), where he investigated allegations of racial, gender and age discrimination in housing and employment. Race, equality and civil rights were frequent topics at the Robinson dinner table and those discussions continue to inform and drive his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion today.
Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
Susan Rovner serves as Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, where she leads creative strategy for original entertainment content across NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy, Universal Kids, USA and Peacock. Rovner reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
In her capacity as Chairman, Rovner oversees content teams tasked with development and current programming for scripted, unscripted, late night and specials. She also leads first-run syndication, which produces seven shows including the Emmy nominated “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” As the head of content, Rovner manages key relationships with studio partners, both internal and external, as well as showrunners, producers and creative talent.
Prior to joining NBCU, Rovner was President of Warner Bros. Television (WBTV), the division of the Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) which produces scripted dramatic primetime television programming for the five broadcast networks, premium/pay cable channels and on-demand/streaming platforms.
During her more than 20 years with WBTV, Rovner was instrumental in spearheading the company’s creative expansion to develop series for on-demand/streaming services and increasing its output for premium and basic cable, while maintaining the studio’s position as an industry leader in production for the broadcast marketplace. In addition to working closely with dozens of highly influential producers, highlights of series greenlit under Rovner’s tenure as President include “The Flash” and “Riverdale” for The CW, “Blindspot” for NBC, “Gotham” for FOX, “Westworld” and “Watchmen” for HBO, “YOU” for Netflix, “Shrill” for Hulu, “Queen Sugar” for OWN and “Ted Lasso” at Apple TV.
Rovner rose through the ranks at WBTV over a more than 20-year tenure at the company beginning in the drama department before being elevated to oversee development, and then rising to co-President of Warner Horizon Scripted Television in 2014. Early in her career Rovner helped develop the long-running “Cold Case,” as well as “The O.C.” and the critically acclaimed “Everwood.” As Senior Vice President of Drama Development, Rovner oversaw the development of some of the company’s most important and successful programs including “The Closer,” “Fringe,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Mentalist,” “Nip/Tuck,” “One Tree Hill,” “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries” and many more.
During her time with the company, 18 series developed by Rovner or that were developed under her leadership reached the 100-episode milestone: “The 100,” “Arrow,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Blindspot,” “The Closer,” “Cold Case,” “The Flash,” “Fringe,” “Gossip Girl,” “Gotham,” “Major Crimes,” “The Mentalist,” “One Tree Hill,” “Person of Interest,” “Shameless,” “Supergirl,” “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Before WBTV, Rovner was Executive Director, Movies for Television, at ABC.
Valari Dobson Staab
President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
Valari Dobson Staab is President of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, the division of NBCUniversal that includes 42 NBC and Telemundo local television stations and their associated websites and digital platforms, regional news network NECN, national multicast networks COZI TV and TeleXitos, NBCLX, a TV and streaming network designed for Gen Z and millennial audiences, a group of out-of-home properties, and in-house marketing and promotions companies.
Staab joined NBCUniversal in June 2011 as President of the NBC Owned Television Stations, a position she held for two years before expanding her responsibilities to also include the 30 Telemundo local stations the company owns as well as necn (New England Cable News), the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country. Under her leadership, the NBC owned stations benefited from a significant investment in resources to strengthen their news gathering capabilities, including hiring additional people primarily in the news departments, adding new vehicles and helicopters in some markets and upgrading equipment. Staab has also overseen the expansion or addition of investigative and consumer units in all markets, the launch of hundreds of hours of new local newscasts and the building of new sets or studios at several stations, and the launch of the NBC-owned station in Boston, NBC Boston. She has spearheaded a similar effort to reinvigorate the Telemundo stations by adding journalists, expanding local news and launching consumer investigative units to advocate for viewers.
Staab has worked in local television for more than 30 years, primarily at the ABC Owned Television Stations, where she served in a variety of roles in general management, research and creative services. Before joining NBCUniversal, she was President and General Manager of KGO, the market leading station in San Francisco, for eight years. Under Staab’s tenure, KGO increased the amount of locally produced programming by more than 50 percent and expanded its digital efforts to reach new viewers, including streaming newscasts, launching an iPad app and increasing its social media outreach. During her tenure, KGO received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Northern California Emmy for Station Excellence and The Radio and Television News Directors Association’s Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.
Prior to leading KGO, Staab served as President and General Manager of WTVD in Raleigh-Durham for a year and at KFSN in Fresno for nearly four years. She worked at WPVI in Philadelphia for a decade, where she held the roles of Director of Creative Services and Director of Marketing and Research. Previously, she worked in marketing and research for KPRC in Houston and KLTV in Tyler, Texas, where she started her broadcast career as a college student.
Throughout her professional life, Staab has been active in her community. She currently serves on the Board of the NBCUniversal Foundation and has been a longtime supporter of the United Way.
A native of Texas, Staab earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Tyler, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and a MBA from Baylor University. In 2016, she was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by Broadcasting & Cable. She resides in New York City with her husband, R.C.
Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International
Matt Strauss was named Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International in August of 2020. In this role, Strauss is responsible for all aspects of Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service; Fandango, a global digital network serving more than 67 million monthly visitors with best-in-class movie information, ticketing, trailers, home entertainment, and fan merchandise; and International Networks, a division that delivers quality content and compelling brands to over 176 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2019 to lead Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, Strauss was Executive Vice President, Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable, where he led the strategy and development of best-in-class products and services that served more than 30 million customers across Comcast’s residential lines of business - including Xfinity TV, one of the nation’s largest pay-TV distributors of video and entertainment services; Xfinity Internet, the nation’s largest gig provider; Xfinity Home and Xfinity Voice.
Under Strauss’ leadership, Comcast transformed its video and Internet services with industry-leading experiences on the TV and across devices, including the Emmy Award-winning Xfinity X1 guide and voice remote, Xfinity Stream, Xfinity Flex, Xfinity xFi, ultra-fast gigabit speeds, the nation’s largest and fastest Wi-Fi network, home security and digital home automation features and controls.
He previously served as Executive Vice President, Video and Entertainment Services for Comcast Cable. In that role, Strauss led the video business through a period of unprecedented results and in 2016 alone, helped the company reach positive video subscriber growth for the first time in a decade. With a focus on innovation, personalization, and seamless access to the best entertainment experiences across platforms, he helped redefine the entertainment viewing experience for Xfinity TV customers with Xfinity X1, Xfinity Stream, cloud DVR, live in-home streaming across devices, the industry’s first talking guide, and the Emmy-Award-winning voice remote.
Strauss joined the senior management team at Comcast in 2004 as the Senior Vice President, New Media, where he led content acquisition and strategic development of all on demand and cross platform programming properties and services.
Prior to Comcast, he served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Rainbow Media’s on demand service Mag Rack, where he pioneered the video on demand model with one of the first national on demand networks. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Rainbow Media, where he led the organization’s acquisition strategy for new and traditional media. He also held several management positions with Disney-ABC, including serving in the Strategic Planning department for the ABC Television Network.
Matt holds a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and four children.
President, Operations & Technology, NBCUniversal
Ian Trombley is the President of NBCUniversal Operations and Technology, a global organization that provides enterprise technology, operations, engineering, and facilities management services to NBCUniversal’s businesses and offices in the Tri-State area, London, Los Angeles and Miami. He is responsible for the company’s owned studio and post-production operations servicing television and film, including the network operating centers in Denver, New York, and New Jersey. In addition, Trombley oversees global security for the company and manages NBCUniversal’s global real estate portfolio, including the management and development of the Universal Studios property in Los Angeles. Trombley is currently an Executive Sponsor for Comcast NBCUniversal’s TechWomen organization and serves as the Executive Champion for the Veterans Network Employee Resource Group at NBCUniversal.
During his 20-year tenure with NBCUniversal, Trombley has held a number of leadership positions in broadcast and technical operations, facilities and studios management, and Information Technology. Trombley joined NBCUniversal from GE where he had previously held positions within the Quality and Information Technology divisions.
A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Trombley began his career serving as an officer in the United States Army. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.
Thomas L. Williams
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts
Tom Williams is chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Parks & Resorts (UPR).
Mr. Williams oversees all of Universal parks and resorts worldwide, including Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort – both of which are in the midst of historic expansions.
Universal Studios Hollywood includes a movie-based theme park and studio tour, immersive attractions and a Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex. Universal Orlando Resort includes three theme parks, Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and a new water theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay. It also includes Universal CityWalk and five on-site hotels.
Beyond domestic growth, Mr. Williams has also led UPR’s significant international growth –
most recently including Comcast NBCUniversal’s purchase of full ownership in Universal Studios Japan, which had operated under a license agreement. He is currently leading development of Universal Beijing, a destination which will be jointly owned by Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co., Ltd., a consortium of four state-owned companies, and Universal Parks & Resorts.
UPR also has a licensing agreement with Genting International for Universal Studios Singapore at Resort World Sentosa.
In recent years, Mr. Williams led development and creation of Universal Orlando’s, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, which have become global entertainment phenomena. Both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan also feature The Wizarding World of Harry Potter within their theme parks.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for UPR, Mr. Williams was President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Orlando.
He joined Universal in 1987 as part of the Universal Studios Florida opening team and led the design and development of all operational aspects for the new park, which opened in 1990. From there, he oversaw Universal’s expansion into an entire Orlando destination. Both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have won numerous awards, including the industry’s most prestigious honor, the coveted “Applause Award,” presented by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA).
Mr. Williams began his career with Universal Parks & Resorts (formerly Universal Studios Recreation Group) at the Yosemite Park & Curry Company, where he was Vice President of Hotels and Restaurants.
Mr. Williams has been inducted into the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Hall of Fame and is a member of the Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame. He is a founding trustee of both World Class Schools (Florida) and United Arts of Central Florida and is on the Advisory Board for Give Kids the World. He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Chief Human Resources Officer, NBCUniversal
Vicki Williams was named Chief Human Resources Officer for NBCUniversal in 2018. She oversees global human resources, including compensation, benefits, development and learning, talent acquisition, executive search, HR systems & operations, and the HR (employee) service center.
Williams joined NBCUniversal in May 2011 as Senior Vice President, Compensation, Benefits and HR Information Systems. Her role expanded to include HR support for corporate functions and oversight of the HR service center.
Prior to NBCUniversal, Williams was a consultant on compensation and benefits as a Partner with Pay Governance LLC and previously as a Principal with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). In these roles, she worked directly with boards of directors and senior management on all elements of compensation and benefits. Williams worked across a number of industries, but maintained a strong concentration in the entertainment & media industry.
She was named to the Board of Directors of Annaly Capital Management, a leading diversified capital manager that invests in and finances residential and commercial assets, in 2018. As an independent director, Williams serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
Williams received a B.S. in education with a concentration in mathematics and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and quantitative statistics, each with honors from the University of Georgia. After serving six years on the Terry College of Business Alumni Board for the University of Georgia, she now serves on the Emeritus Board.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband and cat; is an active volunteer with Best Friends Animal Society.
Chairman, Global Advertising and Partnerships
Behind any show, on any screen, there’s an entire economic infrastructure at work. No person has had a bigger hand in shaping it than Linda Yaccarino. Every day, she continues to transform the $70 billion television industry.
Since joining NBCUniversal in 2011, Yaccarino has rebuilt its advertising business for the 21st century by bringing together individual network teams to create a united monetization strategy, effectively becoming the strategic and operational bridge across all of NBCUniversal's global networks, properties, and business units. In short, she puts the "P" in the company's P&L.
As Chairman of Global Advertising and Partnerships, Yaccarino is responsible for over $10B in revenue annually and stewarding the company’s industry-leading portfolio of linear networks, digital platforms, distribution partnerships, and client relationships. Yaccarino oversees all Global, National and Local Advertising Sales and Partnerships, Ad Sales Marketing, Strategic Initiatives, plus is spearheading a new cross-company Data Strategy effort. This is part of Linda's continued focus to serve all audiences on all screens, creating a single, scaled advertising offering for businesses of all sizes, no matter where they operate -- locally, nationally, or globally.
Her entrepreneurial energy coupled with her record for delivering growth has helped her connect established and emerging brands in every industry to hundreds of millions of viewers. Since joining the company in 2011, Yaccarino has been a change agent. By updating NBCU's legacy practices to reflect larger consumer and macroeconomic trends, she's future-proofed the company and shaped the future of advertising in the process.
Over the course of her tenure, Yaccarino has steered NBCUniversal through a period of dynamic transformation that continues today. She became the first chief in history to bring the company’s assets to market as One Portfolio—a strategy that has become ubiquitous in the industry—and has continued to leverage NBCUniversal's leadership position to drive industry-wide change. In addition to repeatedly transforming the Upfront marketplace, she has spearheaded massive technology investments and built One Platform, a revolutionary all-audience model.
As a student of consumer behavior with a keen eye for what's next, Yaccarino has diversified revenue streams within NBCUniversal, while pushing the industry to embrace digital viewing and new metrics and improve the viewing experience. This culminated with Peacock, Comcast NBCUniversal’s ad-supported streaming service, for which she has been charged with operationalizing the full monetization strategy. Additionally, Yaccarino is responsible for pioneering a new suite of data-driven commercial innovations and forging non-traditional partnerships with companies like Apple, Snapchat, Buzzfeed, and YouTube to increase NBCUniversal’s digital distribution. In March 2020, she and her team were also tapped by the Ad Council, the CDC, and the White House to develop and deploy a massive PSA campaign to educate millions of Americans about COVID-19.
Since Comcast NBCUniversal’s acquisition of Sky, Yaccarino has taken her transformative approach global. In 2020, she led the development of the first-ever combined advertising and sponsorship program for the LA 2028 Olympics and created the first premium video advertising product across NBCUniversal and Sky. Yaccarino is also known for leading with empathy and putting people first, and has begun actively preparing her team for the future of work. Under her leadership, NBCUniversal has created a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence, designed to make insights, resources, and training materials available industry-wide.
In 2020, New York Women in Communications honored Yaccarino with the prestigious Matrix Award. She’s been recognized as one of Business Insider’s “Top 10 People Transforming Advertising”; Adweek’s “Ten Most Powerful Women in TV”; Hollywood Reporter’s“ Women in Entertainment: Power 100”; and Variety’s “Power Women of New York.” Yaccarino has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, has received the UJA Foundation’s Mac Dane Award for Humanitarian Excellence, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Penn State University. A champion of brand safety, transparency, and leading with a moral compass, Yaccarino has also delivered the Don Davis Lecture in Advertising Ethics at Penn State University.
Yaccarino serves as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Taskforce on the Future of Work, the Chair of the Advertising Council's Board of Directors. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Ascena Retail Group (ASNA).