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Emilio Romano was named president of Telemundo Media in October 2011. Romano leads the Telemundo broadcast network, its 15 owned stations, the Emmy Award-winning News and Sports divisions, the Entertainment Division and Telemundo Studios - the number one producer of original Spanish-language primetime content for U.S. Hispanics. Additionally, he oversees Telemundo International, Telemundo’s Digital Media group, the network’s sales and marketing units and mun2, the fastest growing lifestyle cable network for young bicultural Latinos.
Under Romano's leadership, Telemundo has strengthened its position in the market having delivered the best quarter ever in the first quarter of 2013, on the heels of a record-breaking year in 2012. Likewise, mun2, Telemundo’s young Latino cable network, achieved record breaking performances, making it the leading cable network for Hispanic millennials. Romano also led a multi-million dollar investment in the station group to create more local relevant content across the U.S., 1,000 hours of additional local news programming and fostered a closer working relationship with NBC News, the nation’s #1 news organization.
Under his tenure, Telemundo secured the rights to the single most important property in the Spanish-language world, the FIFA World Cup, beginning with the Women’s World Cup in 2015 in Canada. In 2012, Deportes Telemundo presented the most extensive Olympic coverage for US Hispanics with more than 170 hours of exclusive content across all screens, more than doubling its 2008 Beijing Olympic Games audience. Telemundo’s digital property, Telemundo.com, also became the number one Spanish-language site for minutes viewed and engagement, connecting each month with nine million US Hispanics through Hispanics@NBCU and an additional five million with Telemundo’s partnership with The Weather Company. Lastly, Romano led Telemundo’s first rebranding effort in 11 years, capturing the duality of Telemundo's audience and balancing the strong connection to their Latin roots with their contemporary mindset of living in the U.S.
Romano's impressive career spans the media, aviation and Internet industries, where he has held a wide range of senior leadership positions over the past two decades, from start-up entrepreneurial roles to the head of large scale business operations.
During the late 1990’s, Romano was Grupo Televisa’s director of Mergers and Acquisitions, and later vice president of International Operations with oversight of more than 500 global employees. From 1995 to 1998, he was a member of the board of directors for Univision Communications and directed several high-profile transactions, including the Sky Latin America joint venture with The News Corporation, Organizações Globo and TCI; the sale of PanAmSat to Hughes Electronics; and the formation of Via Digital DTH venture for the Iberian Peninsula. Romano also was responsible for Televisa’s operations outside of Mexico, including the record label Fonovisa and the worldwide programming distribution arm Protele. Additionally, he co-managed Cablevisión, the largest cable network in Mexico.
In 2001, Romano co-founded Border Group, LLC, and served as an advisor to several entertainment and media companies. He was a member of the board of directors for Claxson Interactive, a multimedia company providing branded entertainment content for both Spanish and Portuguese speakers.
More recently, from 2004 to 2007, he served as CEO for Grupo Mexicana de Aviación, where he was responsible for the airline’s largest financial restructuring in its 87-year history. During his tenure, he also organized the launch of Click Mexicana, the first low-cost carrier in Mexico, and engineered the sale of Mexicana de Aviación to a Mexican investor group.
At the beginning of his career, Romano held various positions within the Mexican Ministry of Finance, including general director of Revenue Policy and federal fiscal attorney. Additionally, he was the chief negotiator for more than 50 tax and customs treaties, as well as tax and customs matters relating to NAFTA.
In 2012, Romano was recognized as one of The Imagen Foundation’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment and was chosen as a member of the 2012 CableFAX 100. Most recently, Romano was honored with the “Network Executive” award during the Multiethnic TV Leadership Awards presented by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.
Romano serves on the board of directors for Tam Linhas Aereas (NYSE:TAM) and is the president of IATA's International Airline Training Fund Council. He holds a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, where he graduated cum laude, and earned a diploma in international law at the City of London Polytechnic in London, UK.
A native of Mexico City, Romano resides in Miami with his wife and two daughters.