César Conde, the President of Univisión Networks, has resigned from his position to take an executive role at NBCUniversal, the Comcast owned property announced today. Conde will join the company as an Executive VP and will report directly to CEO Steve Burke in this newly created role. His new duties include business development, strategic priorities and special business projects across the NBCUniversal portfolio as well as the international group led by Kevin MacLellan. "César is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” Burke said in a statement reproduced by Deadline. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio.”
The shakeup over at the Spanish-language network leaves Alberto Ciurana, President of Programming and Content, Isaac Lee, President of News and Juan Carlos Rodríguez, President of Univisión Deportes, reporting directly to Univisión CEO Randy Falco. "Alberto, Isaac and Juan Carlos are three extraordinarily talented executives with keen insights and deep knowledge of our business, our audiences and what makes our networks so successful,” Falco said in a statement after Conde's departure. “They are largely responsible for the recent success and tremendous momentum of our network business. This new management structure provides us with an opportunity to be even more nimble going forward."
"We are appreciative of César’s contributions to Univision over the last decade. Cesar is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” said Burke. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio."
It was during Conde's tenure at Univisión that the network made some of the biggest and boldest changes, essentially cleaning up house of the "oldest" and most familiar faces like Cristina Saralegui and "Despierta America's" Ana María Canseco, Fernando Arau and Neida Sandoval. In 2010, Cesar married television journalist Pamela Silva who is a six-time Emmy Award winner. As we know, Univisión's rival Telemundo is part of NBCUniversal's portfolio and we don't doubt that Conde will be overseeing the struggling network as part of his duties, so could this be a conflict of interest? Will Silva have to resign from her "Primer Impacto" anchoring gig at Univision? Maybe it can also represent a jump to another of NBCU's properties in the Anglo market as earlier this year we saw her take a seat on "The View" panel where she was able to hold her own ground against Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.