Bridget Baker, President of NBCUniversal TV Networks Distribution, will exit at the end of November, NBCU EVP Content Distribution Matt Bond announced in a memo to the company’s staff. (read it below). A 24-year NBC Universal veteran and a founder of CNBC, Baker has served as President of TV Networks Distribution since 2006, overseeing the North American distribution of NBCUniversal’s content across cable, satellite and telecos. She is credited with developing NBCUniversal’s cable assets from inception. After the 2011 NBC-Comcast merger, the top distribution job went to Comcast’s Bond, with Baker reporting to him. Baker is the latest veteran NBCUniversal executive to depart since the merger.
I wanted to share the news that after a long and illustrious career with NBCUniversal, Bridget Baker will leave the company at the end of next month.
Bridget joined NBC’s fledgling business channel CNBC as its third employee in 1988 and one of the founders. Her contributions to the company and to the cable industry over the ensuing 24 years were nothing short of spectacular. Bridget transformed NBCUniversal’s cable portfolio from CNBC into the formidable multi-billion dollar, multi-platform empire it is today.
For the past two years, Bridget and I have worked closely on the strategic integration and consolidation of our team into the new NBCUniversal Content Distribution organization. Today we are uniquely positioned for continued growth, in no small part because of Bridget’s vision, expertise, deep relationships, and dedication. With the integration now complete, Bridget is ready to tackle a new challenge.
Please join me in thanking Bridget for her exemplary and inspirational leadership at NBCUniversal. Her effervescence, smarts, courage and tenacity, leave an indelible mark here and on the industry; and her numerous accolades and awards speak to her impressive accomplishments over the last 24 years. We await the success of Bridget’s next adventure and will be cheering her on. She will be greatly missed.