NBCU Names New General Counsel

Jul 30, 2004  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal on Friday named Richard Cotton as executive VP and general counsel of the media giant, marking the second time the executive has held the position.

Mr. Cotton had been president and managing director of CNBC Europe since 2000, and replaces Lawrence Tu, who is leaving NBC Universal to become general counsel of computermaker Dell. Mr. Cotton starts Aug. 1.

At CNBC Europe Mr. Cotton expanded the business-news channel’s reach across Europe to 85 million homes and developed programming partnerships in Germany, Italy, Turkey, Russia and the Middle East.

He joined NBC in 1989 as executive VP and general counsel of NBC, after having served as president and CEO of Washington-based company HCX. From 1980-86, Mr. Cotton was in private practice, specializing in health and environmental regulation, First Amendment and libel issues and federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Cotton was executive secretary at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and special counsel to John Sawhill, then deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.