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Zalaznick out at NBCUniversal

Lauren Zalaznick (pictured), the exec VP of NBCUniversal and former head of Bravo, Oxygen and Style, is leaving the U.S. firm after 12 years of service.
September 27, 2013

After 12 years with NBCUniversal (NBCU), executive VP Lauren Zalaznick (pictured) is to depart the company.

Announcing her departure in a company-wide memo, NBCU CEO Steve Burke said Zalaznick would remain at the company to transition her current portfolio “and then consult with NBCU on digital media content and technology marketplace trends.”

Following her exit, members of Zalaznick’s current group – including Lori Conkling, Tony Cardinale, Nick Lehman and Lenore Moritz – will report to Cesar Conde, the former Univision president who earlier this month joined NBCU as executive VP, reporting to Burke.

The news comes after a reshuffle in February which saw NBC Universal exec Bonnie Hammer – who oversaw USA Network, E! and Syfy – adding control of Oxygen and Bravo to her portfolio, under the consolidated Cable Entertainment Group banner.

Oxygen and Bravo were previously overseen by Zalaznick, who took on the new title of NBCU executive VP in the restructure, along with a mandate to focus on developing digital initiatives.

In the memo, Burke wrote of Zalaznick: “Those of you who know Lauren well know she is one of those rare executives that combine great creative instincts with a true business orientation.

“Her contributions to our company have been significant and far-reaching, from cable entertainment to Spanish-language broadcast, from digital initiatives to new marketing campaigns. Lauren also has been an important champion for many of our company-wide initiatives.

“I want to thank Lauren for her years of service,” he added. “Her drive to innovate, her energy and her intelligence have made our company a better place. She has been an important member of our team and we wish her well in the future.”

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