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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to depart in 2020: reports

NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke is reportedly stepping down next year after nearly a decade leading the media giant. Jeff Shell, chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, is expected to succeed Burke ...
December 13, 2019

NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke is reportedly stepping down next year after nearly a decade leading the media giant.

Jeff Shell, chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, is expected to succeed Burke (pictured) following his departure in 2020, Variety first reported on Thursday (Dec. 12).

NBCUniversal did not respond to a request for comment at press time.

Shell, previously chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, stepped into his current role in January after a shake up at the company. As part of the shuffle, Shell was tasked with oversight of NBCUniversal’s international division and Telemundo.

NBCUniversal’s ranks shifted once again in October. Most notably, Bonnie Hammer, formerly chairman of the company’s forthcoming streamer Peacock, moved to chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios and added International Studios to her purview after the departure of Kevin MacLellan, chairman of global distribution and international.

The organizational shift also saw Matt Strauss, recently EVP of Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable, join the company as chairman of Peacock, which launches in April.

George Cheeks — who was elevated last September to co-chairman of NBC Entertainment alongside Paul Telegdy — became vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Telegdy was tapped as NBC Entertainment’s sole chairman while also continuing to oversee syndication and Universal Television Alternative Studio, among other changes.

Burke assumed the role of CEO in January 2011 after telecommunications giant Comcast purchased NBCUniversal. The executive joined Comcast in 1998, and had previously served as chief operating officer at the company.

Prior to Comcast, Burke was president of ABC at The Walt Disney Company, which he joined in 1986. In 1992, he moved to Euro Disney S.A. as president and chief operating officers.

Burke serves on the board of directors for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

(With files from Daniele Alcinii)

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