New head in charge of licensing port

Jay McNamara has been promoted to senior VP of sales strategy and development at NBC Universal Television Distribution. He will report to Jerry Petry, exec veep of business operations and sales strategy for the unit.

McNamara will structure and direct NBC U TV Distribution’s portfolio of licensing agreements worldwide, as well as support the company’s efforts toward global growth. He also will be responsible for identifying and developing business opportunities in new technologies and emerging markets.

“Jay has made significant contributions to our business in a relatively short period of time, demonstrating a keen sensibility for assessing television markets, structuring advantageous licensing deals and identifying strategic growth opportunities,” Petry said.

Prior to joining U in 2000 as director of finance of Universal Studios Television Distribution, McNamara served at the Atlantic Richfield Co. in several key financial positions since 1991. He began his career with the Deloitte & Touche consultancy.

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