Fox News Taps NBCU Vet Marianne Gambelli as Ad Sales Chief

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Gambelli served as president of sales and marketing at NBCUniversal.

Fox News has found its new head of ad sales.

Former NBCUniversal sales and marketing chief Marianne Gambelli has come on board as president of ad sales.

In her position, Gambelli will oversee ad sales for both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. She will start at the company on May 22.

“We are delighted to add Marianne to our executive management team," 21st Century Fox and Fox News executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said Monday in a statement. "Her reputation for client management, along with her ability to monetize investments, seek out new and emerging technologies and create innovative media partnerships has made her a leader in the industry.”

Added Gambelli: “I'm proud to be representing the powerful Fox News brand and I am beyond excited to lead a very talented sales team to capitalize on this new era in news."

Gambelli comes to Fox News after five years at Horizon Media, where she served as chief investment officer and managed the company's $7 billion investment portfolio. Before Horizon Media, she worked at NBCUniversal for 22 years, most recently as president of sales and marketing before leaving in 2012. During that time, Gambelli oversaw partnerships and strategy for NBC's news, sports and entertainment brands. 

The hiring comes weeks after the departure of longtime ad sales chief Paul Rittenberg, who had been at Fox News since its inception. Gambelli steps into the role after Fox News ranked as the most-watched cable network in 2016, thanks in no small part to the presidential election. Ratings remained strong at the channel in 2017, with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who gave anchor Sean Hannity one of his first interviews after taking office.

However, Fox News also has seen the departures of several big names, including Megyn Kelly, who left for NBC, as well as Bill O'Reilly, who recently parted ways with the network following allegations of sexual harassment. Behind the scenes, Fox News has undergone several changes since similar allegations were made against longtime network chief Roger Ailes, who stepped down from his post last summer.

Gambelli follows the recent hire of CFO Amy Listerman and the recent promotion of Suzanne Scott, who was named president of programming earlier this month in the wake of the departure of co-president Bill Shine.