Washington Insider Named New NBCU Counsel

Appointment frees up Rick Cotton to concentrate on digital theft

Washington, D.C. insider Kimberley Harris was named evp and general counsel for NBCUniversal, freeing up Rick Cotton to concentrate on anti-piracy policy and advocacy as senior counselor for IP protection.

Since 2012, Harris was partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell in the firm's litigation department where she advised clients and institutions in investigations by Congress, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies. Prior to that, she served in the White House counsel's office as deputy counsel and deputy assistant to the president. She first joined David Polk in 1997, rising to litigation partner in 2007.

Harris will provide legal advice to NBCU senior management and oversee the law department, which handles legal matters for all of NBCU's business units. She'll also coordinate NBCU's global regulatory and legislative agenda.

Harris will be based in New York and will report directly to Steve Burke, NBCU's CEO. Her first day will be Sept. 3.

Cotton announced his intention to step down last May. During his tenure he was responsible for most of NBCU's and the media industry's efforts to combat piracy. With Harris' appointment, he can turn his full attention to the issue. "I am pleased that Rick will continue to lead our efforts regarding digital theft and counterfeiting," said Burke.