NBCU Names Kimberley Harris EVP/General Counsel

NBCUniversal Tuesday (July 16) is naming Kimberley Harris, a former legal counselor to President Barack Obama, as its new EVP and general counsel, effective Sept. 3. She succeeds Rick Cotton.

Harris, who reports directly to NBCU CEO Steve Burke, will provide legal advice to senior management, oversee the law department and coordinate the company's global regulatory and legislative agenda.

Most recently, Harris was a partner in the litigation department at Davis Polk & Wardwell, including helping clients through investigations by DOJ, the SEC and Congress. From 2010 to 2012, Harris was a member of the White House counsel's office as both deputy counsel and deputy assistant to the President, where she also helped advise on congressional investigations, litigation related to the President, and a host of other legal matters including executive privilege.

“With extensive experience, proven leadership ability, and a track record of success, Kim is a great choice to guide our Law Department,” said Burke. “I look forward to working closely with her in the months and years ahead.”

Harris' resume also includes a brief stint (2009-2010) as a senior counselor in the Justice Department's criminal division.

Harris is succeeding EVP and general counsel Rick Cotton, who announced earlier this year he would move into a new role as senior counselor for IP protection and anti-piracy advocacy.

That is no stretch for Cotton, who has long been a leading voice for intellectual property protection. “Rick Cotton’s many contributions have earned him the gratitude of this company, and the respect of our industry," said Burke. "I am pleased that Rick will continue to lead our efforts regarding digital theft and counterfeiting, and that he will help ensure a smooth transition.”

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.