NBCUniversal has announced that Emilio Romano — a veteran media executive who most recently was CEO of Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion, where he was responsible for the largest financial restructuring in the airline’s history — has been tapped as president of Telemundo. He will lead the broadcast network and its 14 owned stations as well as Telemundo Studios, the leading producer of original Spanish-language primetime content for Hispanics in the US. He also will oversee the News and Sports divisions, Telemundo International, Telemundo’s Digital Media group, the network’s sales and marketing units, and cable network mun2. “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,” said Lauren Zalaznick, Chairman NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, to whom Romano will report. “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 in the vibrant and diverse Hispanic community.”
During the 1990s, Romano was Grupo Televisa’s Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and later Vice-President of International Operations. He also was a member of the board of directors at Univision Communications and directed several transactions, and he co-managed Cablevisión, the largest cable network in Mexico. In 2001, Romano co-founded Border Group and served as an adviser to entertainment and media companies.