A high-ranking Comcast executive who has been a key adviser to CEO Brian Roberts is stepping down. Deadline reports that David Cohen, a senior executive VP who has led the company’s diversity efforts in recent years, “will end his operational responsibilities as of January 1, 2020, transitioning from Senior EVP to Senior Counselor to Roberts starting December 31, 2020.”
In addition to playing a key role with Comcast’s lobbying efforts in Washington, Cohen has been involved in a discrimination lawsuit filed against Comcast by Entertainment Studios boss Byron Allen. The suit is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Allen seized on the news of Cohen’s departure to take a shot at Cohen and encourage Comcast to shift its position on the lawsuit.
Deadline quotes a statement from Allen in which he says: “With David Cohen out of the way, this is a pivotal moment in the history and legacy of Comcast and Brian Roberts. Mr. Roberts and the Comcast board of directors should immediately rescind their petition in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the civil rights of over 100 million Americans and sit down with staunch critics of Comcast/NBCUniversal.”
Deadline says of Cohen’s recent role at Comcast that his “purview is broad, spanning corporate functions such as communications, public policy, regulatory and government affairs, lobbying, real estate, security.”
The report adds: “In a memo to employees announcing the move, Roberts announced the new division of responsibilities across various areas of the company. … Karen Buchholz will become Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast, reporting to Roberts in this capacity. Buchholz and Craig Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal, will become co-chairs of the Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council.”