Roma Khanna Out At NBCU International, Kevin MacLellan Gets Top Job

The ramifications of Comcast’s takeover of NBC Universal continue to be felt overseas too. Roma Khanna, president of Universal Networks International, has decided to quit NBCU International. Kevin MacLellan is moving from Los Angeles to London having been named president, international television. He’s a Comcast guy, and the move underscores the cable TV giant asserting its grip internationally under new NBCUniversal International chairman Jeff Shell, formerly president of Comcast Programming Group, whose appointment prompted last month’s exit of Peter Smith, the popular president of NBCU International. Khanna denies that her decision to quit has anything to do with MacLellan getting the top job. “I think Kevin is a great choice,” she tells me. “Jeff Shell offered me a role and we had a really great conversation about it, but it wasn’t something that I wanted to do.” Belinda Menendez, president of NBCU international TV distribution, is also relocating from LA to London. Menendez’s new expanded role will see her not only being in charge of TV program distribution, but also taking over Khanna’s job of running NBCU’s overseas channels business, Universal Networks International. These include channels Syfy Universal, Diva Universal and 13th Street Universal. Rowan Conn has been named chief financial officer.

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