Emilio Romano, a former aviation-industry and Grupo Televisa executive from Mexico, has been named president of Telemundo by NBC Universal. He starts in October and will oversee Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, Telemundo International, Telemundo's Digital Media group, and cable channel Mun2, reporting to Lauren Zalaznick, chairman NBC Universal Entertainment and Digital Networks and Integrated Media.
Mr. Romano, 45, is president-CEO of Air Group Latin America, an investment holding company in the aerospace industry, according to his LinkedIn profile and his bio on the website of Brazilian airline TAM Linhas Aereas, whose board he joined in 2009. At the time, TAM said Mr. Romano was president-CEO of Grupo Puerta Alameda, a real-estate development and investment company with operations in the U.S. and Mexico.
NBC has been conducting a search for a president since the retirement of NBC veteran Don Browne was abruptly announced in April 2011 soon after Comcast took over NBC.
Mr. Romano began his career in the Mexican Foreign Ministry and later worked for Mexican media giant Televisa, where he was director of mergers and acquisitions and later VP of international operations in the late 1990s. He also co-managed Mexican cable network Cablevision. From 1995 to 1998, he was on the board of directors for Univision Communications, in which Televisa is a major shareholder as well as the largest program provider.
He was CEO of Mexican airline Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion from 2004 to 2007, and was responsible for the airline's largest financial restructuring and sale to an investor group; the airline later entered bankruptcy and went out of business in 2010. He was also behind the launch of Mexico's first low-cost carrier, Click Mexicana, now called MexicanaClick.
Mr. Romano lives in Miami with his wife and two daughters.