NBCU CEO Steve Burke To Retire In August 2020, Jeff Shell To Replace Him In January, Comcast Confirms

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Comcast has confirmed that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke will retire in August 2020 and Jeff Shell will replace him at the start of next year.

The official confirmation comes after it emerged last week that Burke had been telling close associates he planned to retire.

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Burke will step down on August 14 2020, following the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. From January 1 2020, Shell, currently Chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, will become NBCUniversal CEO and Burke will become Chairman. Upon Burke’s retirement, Shell will report directly to Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast.

“I cannot thank Steve enough for the incredible impact he has had on this entire company. I will miss Steve’s trusted partnership, and I know I speak for both myself and my late father Ralph when I say that we will be forever grateful to him for shaping first Comcast and then NBCUniversal into the great companies they are today. When Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, I never imagined it would become the fastest growing media company. Steve’s leadership and the team that he built has had everything to do with this outstanding performance,” said Brian Roberts.

Burke said, “It has been a privilege to work so closely with Brian for the last 22 years, and particularly to have had the opportunity to lead NBCUniversal for the last nine. This is a very special company and I am proud of the people I have worked with and the things we have accomplished together. While this has been a dream job, it has always been my plan to hand off the baton at the right moment and move on to the next chapter of my life where I can pursue a different set of interests. It is great to know I am leaving the company in terrific hands with Jeff, who is the right leader to usher in the next phase of growth and success for NBCUniversal.”

Shell added, “It is truly an honor to step into this role, and I am excited that Brian and the Comcast board are giving me the incredible opportunity to help steer the future of NBCUniversal. I’m sincerely grateful to Steve, who has been an amazing boss and mentor for the last 15 years and leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of visionary leadership and success. I look forward to building on this strong track record and partnering with the many talented leaders across the company.”

Roberts continued, “Jeff Shell is the ideal executive to take the helm at NBCUniversal. He has a stellar track record across both the film and TV side of the business, as well as a wealth of international experience. I have worked closely with Jeff for many years and he is an extraordinary leader who inspires loyalty, delivers strong results and cares deeply about our company, its employees and partners. I could not be more confident in his ability to lead NBCUniversal into the future.”

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