In a surprise move, NBCUniversal Friday named former Univision president Cesar Conde executive vice president.
In the newly created position, Conde will focus on business development, strategic priorities and special business projects for NBCUniversal, reporting directly to company CEO Steve Burke, said company officials. Conde, who will serve as a member of the NBCUniversal Executive Committee, will also oversee the International Group led by newly appointed chairman Kevin MacLellan, following Jeff Shell being named chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group earlier this week.
Conde, had served as Spanish-language broadcast network Univision’s president since 2009. Under his leadership, Univision drew record ratings, and this past July finished as the most watched television network among the advertiser coveted 18-49 demo. As the owner of Telemundo, NBCU is a key competitor to Univision in the Spanish-language market.
Prior to Univision, Conde served as the White House Fellow for Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002–2003.
“Cesar is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” said Burke. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio."
With Conde taking his new job, Univision announced a reorganization of its Univision Networks management.
Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content, Isaac Lee, president of news, and Juan Carlos Rodriquez, president of Univision Deportes, will report directly to Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco, a former top NBC executive. The trio had been reporting to Conde, whose position at Univision will not be filled.