Don Browne will retire as president of NBC Universal's Telemundo Communications Group in June.
Browne, who has been with various NBC entities for more than 30 years, will retire on June 3, the eighth anniversary of his arrival at the Spanish-language programmer as COO. Browne, who has been serving as president for the past five years, will oversee Telemundo's upfront to advertisers in New York on May 17. A successor will be announced in the coming months, the company said.
With Browne's impending exit, the U.S. top two Spanish-language media outfits will be without hands-on leadership in the top executive suite -- Joe Uva stepped down at president and CEO from Univision Communications on April 2.
At Telemundo, Browne was responsible for the 14 owned-and-operated stations, including the programming division, Telemundo Studios, and its news and sports operation. Moreover, he had oversight for Telemundo International and Telemundo Cable, including mun2, as well as Telemundo's digital media initiatives, sales, and marketing.
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"Don Browne has had an outstanding career as a broadcaster and executive, from his years as a bureau chief and executive vice president of NBC News to his tenure most recently at Telemundo, which under his leadership has become an extremely exciting part of our portfolio," said NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke in a statement. " We are grateful for what he has accomplished and wish him all the best on a well-deserved retirement."
Noted Lauren Zalaznick, chairman of NBCU entertainment & digital networks and integrated media, and Browne's boss: "Don's career has been marked by an intense passion for news and a keen eye for talent. He has long been a champion of diversity and for years has been an advocate for Hispanic media."
Browne began his career with the company in 1979, as NBC News' Miami bureau chief. He was named executive news director in 1989 and executive vice president of NBC News in 1991. Before joining Telemundo, he was president and general manager of WTVJ, NBC's station in Miami.
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