Diversity Leadership: Brian L. Roberts, Comcast
Brian L. Roberts
Chairman and CEO
“Since my father founded the company nearly 50 years ago in Tupelo, Mississippi, we have been committed to promoting and increasing diversity in our leadership, workforce, purchasing decisions, programming and community investment,” Brian Roberts says on Comcast’s website. “Diversity and inclusion is not an initiative or program with an expiration date. It’s the right thing to do and also a core principle for the way we do business.”
Comcast’s senior executives make up several internal diversity councils, and Roberts annually attends a meeting of the company’s external Joint Diversity Advisory Council, comprised of national business leaders.
Roberts joined Comcast in 1981. He worked in Marketing and Customer Service before becoming Vice President of Operations for the Cable division. He was elected President of Comcast in 1990, was named CEO in 2002, and was at the helm in 2011 when the company acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal.
He serves on the board of directors of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and is a member of Business Roundtable. He has also been recognized by numerous organizations for his leadership, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia.
Roberts received a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. He earned a gold medal with the U.S. squash team at the Maccabiah Games in 2005, and silver medals on four other occasions. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and three children.