NBCUniversal has named Kimberley Harris, a former legal
counselor to President Barack Obama, as its new executive VP and general
counsel, effective Sept. 3. She succeeds Rick Cotton.
Harris, who reports directly to NBCU CEO Steve Burke, will
provide legal advice to senior management, oversee the law department and
coordinate the company's global regulatory and legislative agenda.
Most recently, Harris was a partner in the litigation department
at Davis Polk & Wardwell, including helping clients through investigations
by DOJ, the SEC and Congress. From 2010-12, Harris was a member of the White
House counsel's office as both deputy counsel and deputy assistant to the president,
where she also helped advise on congressional investigations, litigation
related to the president and a host of other legal matters including executive
"With extensive experience, proven leadership ability, and a
track record of success, Kim is a great choice to guide our Law Department,"
said Burke. "I look forward to working closely with her in the months and years
Harris' resume also includes a brief stint (2009-10) as a
senior counselor in the Justice Department's criminal division.
Harris is succeeding executive VP and general
counsel Cotton, who announced earlier this year he would move into a new role
as senior counselor for IP protection and antipiracy advocacy. That is no
stretch for Cotton, who has long been a leading voice for intellectual property
protection. "Rick Cotton's many contributions have earned him the gratitude of
this company, and the respect of our industry," said Burke. "I am
pleased that Rick will continue to lead our efforts regarding digital theft and
counterfeiting, and that he will help ensure a smooth transition."