NBCUniversal Names Emilio Romano President of Telemundo


He'll begin in October and report to Lauren Zalaznick.

NBCUNiversal on Wednesday named Emilio Romano president of Telemundo.

He'll begin in October, and oversee the Telemundo broadcast network and 14 owned stations, including the entertainment division, Telemundo Studios and lifestyle network mun2.

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Former president Don Browne retired in June 3 after eight years at the helm of the network.

“Emilio is the ideal executive to lead Telemundo as we continue to build on our record breaking performances this year,” says Lauren Zalaznick, Chairman NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, to whom he will report.  “His extensive knowledge of Hispanic media combined with a proven track record running large scale businesses will be a great addition to the Telemundo management team. We will benefit greatly from his expertise across multiple media platforms -- particularly in the Mexican market -- as we continue to broaden Telemundo’s overall appeal in the vibrant and diverse Hispanic community.”

“I am honored to be joining this superb team of professionals at Telemundo and NBCUniversal and to be part of the transformation taking place within the US Hispanic media market," says Romano. "As reflected in the latest US Census and the dramatic increase in both viewership and advertising within the Hispanic community these past few years, this exciting market is well poised for explosive growth. Telemundo has found in NBCUniversal and Comcast the ideal partners to leverage this growth and continue to build a world-class media company that will inform, educate, inspire and entertain Hispanic viewers in the US and audiences around the world.”

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Romano, who sits on the board of Directors for Tam LinhasAereas and is the President of IATA's International Airline Training Fund Council, currently lives in Miami. He was CEO at Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion until 2007.