Emilio Romano has been named president of Telemundo. He starts in October and succeeds Don Browne, who retired in June.
Romano will lead the Spanish-language broadcast network, its 14-owned stations, its entertainment division, Telemundo Studios, the news and sports divisions, Telemundo International, Telemundo's Digital Media group, cable channel mun2 and the network's sales and marketing units.
Romano has held leadership positions in everything from media to Internet to aviation. During the late 1990s, he was Grupo Televisa's director of mergers & acquisitions and later vice president of international operations. From 1995 to 1998, he was on the board at Univision Communications. Romano also was responsible for Televisa's operations outside of Mexico.
From 2004 to 2007 he was CEO at the airline Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion. He has been working as a consultant to the aviation since then.
"Emilio is the ideal executive to lead Telemundo as we continue to build on our record breaking performances this year," said Lauren Zalaznick, chairman of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, to whom he will report, in a statement. "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."
Romano's appointment comes several weeks after Ramon Escobar, a rising star at Telemundo and the Spanish- language broadcaster's executive vice president of network news, resigned to "pursue other opportunities in the news, media and digital industries," said Telemundo in a statement.
No successor has been named, and Escobar is working with the company on the transition.