(Zucker article updated with his career and information from his email to NBCU employees.)
NEW YORK (
) -- Jeff Zucker is leaving NBC.
Zucker will step down from his position as the president and CEO of NBC Universal after
(CMCSA - Get Report)
completes its takeover of NBC.
Zucker has been the CEO since February 2007 and has spent his entire career at NBC Universal.
|Jeff Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal
In 1986 he started out at NBC's Olympic unit, then moved his way to a field producer position on
. In 1992, Zucker became the youngest executive producer in the history of
at age 26.
Zucker remained at
through 2000, leading the show to be the most-watched morning news show across the nation as well as the most profitable program at that time.
In 2001 Zucker took his powers to the entertainment segment of NBC where he put his mark on several hit shows including
. He is also attributed for signing Donald Trump for the reality show
. Zucker was soon promoted to president of the company's entertainment's news and cable group.
From May 2004 until January 2007 Zucker served as president of the NBC Universal television group.
"Jeff has been a tough-minded, inclusive and innovative leader of NBC Universal," General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement on his leaving the company. "He has always stepped up when the company needed him. He never blinked when it came to tough decisions."