David Verdi has been named exec news director at NBC News, where he will have responsibility for the full NBC newsgathering operation, the news desk and all national and international bureaus.
Verdi exec replaces Alejandro Benes, who requested reassignment to be closer to his family in North Carolina. He will become a producer there, reporting to the Atlanta bureau.
Verdi has been deputy director of news and senior producer of special reports since 1991.
Verdi joined NBC News in 1990 as a producer on “Nightly News.” Before than, he spent 11 years at ABC News.