Bob Wright makes us realize what great leadership can do


Named president and CEO of NBC at the age of 43, Bob Wright faced a two-headed dragon: the cautious corporate eye of GE, and fiscal oversight demands. For the next 20 years, he managed to navigate the fine line between the two and in the process completely reinvent—and save—NBC.


At almost the exact same time as Bob’s NBC reign was winding down, his grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism. Baffled by the lack of medical knowledge and community support, Bob and his wife, Suzanne, founded the advocacy and support group Autism Speaks.


As the two story lines unfold in The Wright Stuff, readers will appreciate that both endeavors—revitalizing NBC and building Autism Speaks—reflect the achievements and struggles of a great leader leveraging change.


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A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to advance autism research.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Wright served as Vice Chairman of General Electric until 2008 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal until 2007. From his appointment as president of NBC in September 1986 he had one of the longest and most successful tenures of the world's leading media and entertainment company chief executives.


Throughout his 40-year career at GE, Bob had a strong involvement in community service and philanthropy for which he received numerous awards and accolades. Today, he is Senior Advisor of Lee Equity Partners and Chairman and CEO of the Palm Beach Civic Association. Autism Speaks, founded by Bob and his wife, Suzanne, has led the way for more than a decade in global autism research, advocacy, and support services. He serves on the boards of Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and AMC Networks Inc., and is a Trustee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital.


He was formerly a member of the Executive Committee of the Rand Corporation and a Director of the EMI Group Global Ltd. board. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and of the Law School of University of Virginia. The Wrights have three children and six grandchildren.

        

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