Telemundo, a leading producer of high-quality content for Hispanics in the U.S. and audiences around the world, has announced that its President, Don Browne, will address business and corporate leaders on May 18th in San Francisco at the 18th Annual Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Symposium. Browne will join the HACR CEO Roundtable hosted by John Stumpf, Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo & Company and participant Stephen Holmes, Chairman & CEO of Wyndham Worldwide.
The 18th Annual HACR Symposium: The Power of Hispanic Inclusion brings together some of the nation’s most influential Hispanic leaders, government officials and corporate executives to discuss and identify effective strategies and models for achieving greater Hispanic inclusion and participation in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance.
“Commitment. Innovation. Leadership. These are words that describe Don Browne’s passion for the Hispanic community and we are very pleased to have Don join us at this year’s HACR CEO Roundtable,” stated Carlos Orta, HACR’s President/CEO.
This past April, Browne celebrated five years at the helm of Telemundo having led the company to the most diverse Hispanic leadership in its history: Telemundo’s leadership team grew from 33% Hispanic in 2002 to 85% Hispanic in 2010. Today, approximately 85% of Telemundo’s full-time employees are Hispanic.
Browne also led Telemundo’s evolution from a simple broadcaster of acquired content to a leader in producing original content specifically for U.S. Hispanics – made by Hispanics, for Hispanics – delivering today more than 3,000 hours of original content a year. Under his leadership, Telemundo invested millions of dollars to create Telemundo Studios and build an entire industry for the future, providing hundreds of jobs to talented Hispanics and developing talent on and off the screen. Telemundo has evolved into a multimedia company by creating businesses across all platforms that did not exist before, including a rapidly growing Digital business and a world-renowned International operation that distributes content to more than 100 countries in over 30 languages, promoting U.S. locations and the work of Hispanics to the entire world.
A longtime advocate of expanding into the Spanish-language television market, Browne was a key member of the NBC team involved in the purchase of the Telemundo network. Browne has a national reputation for being especially active in the recruitment and career development of women and minorities. He is co-founder and board member of the “Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program” for at- risk high school girls. He is the recipient of the 2006 Florida Governor’s Points of Light Award for exemplary service to his community and the 2004 prestigious Ida B. Wells Award for his commitment to promoting diversity in the work place.
In 2008, Browne’s extensive contributions to the broadcasting industry and Spanish-language television were recognized by Broadcasting & Cable, where he was inducted into the prestigious Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, an industry honor that is bestowed on the pioneers, the innovators and the stars of the electronic arts.
Led by Browne, Telemundo recently reaffirmed its commitment to news by introducing a comprehensive news strategy to enhance and expand its news content across key day parts and multiple platforms including increased investment in local newscasts at the Telemundo stations and the launch of the weekly public affairs show Enfoque.
Thanks to Browne’s commitment to the Hispanic community, the network has been a pioneer in integrating social issues in its prime time original novelas including topics such as the 2010 Census, Latino women self esteem, immigration, health, workplace safety, domestic violence, literacy, eating disorders, rape, and plastic surgery, among many others.
In order to implement its multiple pro social initiatives including voter registration, Latina women, the 2010 Census, and many other causes, Telemundo regularly partners with leading U.S. Hispanic organizations including USHLI, LULAC, NHMC, USHCC, CNC, HACR, CHLI, NAHJ, NCLR, CHCI, NPRC, NiLP and MANA.
Telemundo Communications Group (“Telemundo”), a division of NBC Universal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include Telemundo, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events reaching 93% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 15 owned-and-operated stations, 45 broadcast affiliates, and 800 cable affiliates; mun2, the preeminent voice for bicultural Hispanics in the U.S. reaching over 34.1 million U.S. TV households nationwide on digital and analog cable, and satellite television; Telemundo Digital Media, which leverages Telemundo’s original content for distribution across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices and www.telemundo.com and www.holamun2.com ; and Telemundo International, the company’s international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs