Emilio Romano: the latest to pass through the NBCUniversal revolving door. Romano, president of NBCU’s Spanish-language Telemundo operations, had overseen Telemundo network, its O&O stations, international operations, and mun2, and production facilities for two years. His exit was announced this morning by Joe Uva, NBCU’s chairman of Hispanic enterprises and content since February, when Lauren Zalaznick gave up oversight of the network as part of the crowning of Bonnie Hammer as queen of the NBCU Cable kingdom. Zalaznick, who’d been moved over to ditigal “monetization” and emerging technology, resigned last month after 12 years with the company.
“I am writing to you today to let you know about an important management change. After a successful two years, Emilio Romano has decided to leave the company,” Uva said this morning in a memo to staff:
“I want to personally thank Emilio for his contributions to Telemundo Media. His focus on positioning Telemundo to take share from Univision, and mun2 to better resonate with the rapidly growing millennial population has established a foundation for growth. As a result, he has been instrumental in elevating the perception of Telemundo in the marketplace. Most recently, he has been a good partner to me.
A formal search for his replacement will begin immediately. Until we identify a new leader, I will be spending more time in Hialeah. In the coming days I will reach out to each division to touch base directly.
I appreciate your commitment and dedication to continuous improvement and I look forward to working with you all to drive profitable growth for Telemundo.”
Among his many accomplishments at Telemundo, Romano helped snag telecast rights to the FIFA World Cup, beginning in 2015.