E! Entertainment has promoted top marketing, news and online executive Suzanne Kolb to president.
Kolb steps into the role vacated last year by Ted Harbert, who was named chairman of NBC Broadcasting as part of Comcast's securing a controlling interest in NBCUniversal from General Electric.
Kolb had been president for marketing, news and online at E Entertainment and The Style Network, playing a key role in driving the performance of the services over the past six years. As E! president, Kolb's senior management team will include longtime network executives COO Steve Dolcemaschio, president of entertainment programming Lisa Berger and and executive vice president of research and program strategy Cyndi McClellan.
Most recently, Kolb unified and expanded E!'s news entities, including E! News, E! Online and E! News Now.
Previously executive vice president of marketing for The WB, Kolb joined the programmer in 2005 as senior, marketing for E! Networks, and was subsequently elevated to CMO for E! and Style, and general manager, E! Online. She has overseen the marketing strategies and creative behind the networks' most successful and popular franchises, including E!'s Kardashians franchise, Chelsea Lately, The Soup and Fashion Police, as well as Style series Ruby, Giuliana & Bill, Jerseylicious and Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, among others
"As a member of E!'s leadership team, Suzanne has played a pivotal role in getting the network to the great place it is today," said Bonnie Hammer, chairman of cable entertainment and cable studios at NBCUniversal, to whom she will report, in announcing the promotion. "Her strong oversight of three areas key to E!'s success -- news, online and marketing -- makes her the perfect person to lead the brand through the important next phase of its evolution."
Noted Kolb: "I am incredibly grateful to Bonnie for the opportunity to lead E! during this wonderfully exciting and unique time in the brand's history and equally thrilled to do that in partnership with a management team I know. E! has enjoyed great success in the past but we're just getting started."