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American Television Executive Jeff Zucker Speaks to MBA Students at Leadership Luncheon Series

American Television Executive Jeff Zucker Speaks to MBA Students at Leadership L

Jeff Zucker, former president and CEO of NBC Universal, spoke to a group of MBA students through NYU Stern’s Leadership Luncheon Series, coordinated by the School’s Leadership Development Team.

Chronicling his 25-year tenure at NBC, Zucker described several chapters of his career including his time as a researcher for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics and his work as a producer for NBC’s “Today Show.”

American Television Executive Jeff Zucker Speaks to MBA Students at Leadership L

Looking back at several of his proudest and most difficult moments as head of NBC Universal’s vast broadcast and cable properties, he shared a few lessons learned:
  • Assume responsibility when something goes wrong, and move on
  • Be willing to take chances
  • When current business models aren’t working, try new ones
This year, he’s reuniting with former “Today Show” host Katie Couric to produce her daytime talk show for Disney-ABC Domestic Television.