NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to Depart Next Year, Jeff Shell Expected to Succeed Him

Christian Wylonis · December 13, 2019
NBC Studios at Rockefeller Center
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NBCUniversal chief executive Steve Burke is expected to step down next year, and his most likely successor is Jeff Shell, who is now chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.

Burke, who is also a senior vice president of NBCUniversal’s parent Comcast, has been planning his departure for a period of time, and in January unveiled a major shakeup of NBCUniversal's top executive ranks that set up Shell to potentially replace him. Burke, a 20-year Comcast veteran, became CEO of NBCUniversal in January 2011 when Comcast acquired control of the company. He oversees a vast portfolio that includes the NBC broadcast network, Universal Studios, and cable channels such as MSNBC, Bravo, USA Network and Telemundo. Burke was previously chief operating officer of Comcast and prior to that, president of Comcast Cable. Shell has been with Comcast for over 14 years and held various positions, including heading all international operations for NBCUniversal, and serving as president of Fox Cable Networks Group where he oversaw all entertainment and sports channels.


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