NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell has handed the reins to the US media conglomerate after admitting to an “inappropriate relationship” with a colleague, according to an announcement from Comcast, the company’s parent company, on Sunday.
The decision was made by “mutual agreement” with Jeff Shell, Comcast — which bought NBCUniversal in 2013 — said in a news release, following an outside investigation following an employee complaint of “inappropriate behavior.”
Jeff Shell, 57, took over NBCUniversal in January 2020. He spent nearly 20 years with that company before resigning, admitting to an “inappropriate relationship” with this employee.
The name of his successor is not yet known. Meanwhile, NBCUniversal executives must speak directly to Comcast chief Mike Kavanagh, according to an internal document seen by AFP.
Jeff Shell is the second company executive to be forced to resign for his inappropriate behavior in as few years. In 2020, NBCUniversal Vice President Ron Meyer had to leave his position after he admitted to having an affair with a woman and buying her silence.
NBCUniversal isn’t the only US media group that has seen such cases. Jeff Zucker, the former head of CNN, resigned in February last year due to an affair with a colleague.
Comcast is scheduled to release its quarterly results on Thursday.
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