Zenkel tapped as NBC Olympics president
Gary Zenkel, Executive Vice President of NBC Olympics since 2001 and a
major force behind the network s launch of NBCOlympics.com and the
successful bid for all U.S. media rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic
Games, has been promoted to NBC Olympics president.
Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, says he is
thrilled that Zenkel will lead NBC Olympics in the years ahead as the
division s business continues to expand thanks to the evolving digital
Gary is our great strategic thinker and a tremendous asset to NBC
Universal and GE, says Ebersol. He has kept us several steps ahead by
constantly thinking of the future.
Zenkel will oversee all aspects of the NBC Olympics business unit,
including new media initiatives, strategic business alliances,
marketing and promotion and technical and non-technical operations. He
will continue to report to Ebersol.
In related news, David Neal, who was recently given the additional
responsibilities of executive producer, NBC Sports in addition to his
duties as executive vice president, NBC Olympics, will continue to
report to Ebersol on Olympic production and programming matters. But
Neal will report to Zenkel on all other Olympic business issues.
Zenkel joined NBC in 1990 as director of sports contract negotiation
where he brought or renewed deals with the French Open, Major League
Baseball, Notre Dame football, and the PGA Tour, among others. He was
VP, NBC Sports and executive assistant to Dick Ebersol from 1994-97 and
in in 1997 was named SVP, Business Development and Marketing, NBC
Prior to joining NBC Sports, Zenkel was a corporate associate with
Cahill, Gordon and Reindel, a New York City-based law firm. He
graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 (where he was also a
two-year letterman on the Wolverines golf team) and from the Georgetown
University Law Center in 1987. Zenkel lives in Larchmont, N.Y., with
his wife Suzanne, son Billy and daughter Caroline.