Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal today announced that Kathy Kelly-Brown has been named Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Kelly-Brown will be responsible for identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities across the entire portfolio of both Comcast and NBCUniversal. She will lead "Symphony," the company-wide initiative that leverages both Comcast Cable's and NBCUniversal's unparalleled assets to maximize consumer awareness and engagement. Kelly-Brown will report to Neil Smit, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable and Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal. She will work from both New York City and Philadelphia. Kelly-Brown replaces Maggie McLean Suniewick, who was recently promoted to the newly created role of President, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161114006092/en/
Kathy Kelly-Brown, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal (Photo: Business Wire)
In 2016 alone, "Symphony" efforts helped drive record-breaking success across all parts of the business. Universal Pictures' The Secret Life of Pets had the highest U.S. box-office opening ever for an original animated film, and the NBC fall primetime launch led the season in all key demographics. Additionally, the 2016 Rio Olympics - the most-streamed event in history - had a TV audience of 198 million viewers, with ratings nearly 20% higher in Comcast households. Comcast Cable also had the best third quarter for video customer growth in ten years. Most recently, Kelly-Brown served as Senior Vice President of Global Talent Booking, a division she launched that develops strategic, customized publicity opportunities for talent - tapping into NBCUniversal's broad portfolio, including entertainment, sports and news platforms. Kelly-Brown will continue to lead Global Talent Booking, in addition to her new responsibilities.