Brian L. Roberts, W'81

2012 Joseph Wharton Award for Leadership


Brian L. Roberts, W'81
Chairman & CEO, Comcast Corporation 

Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, one of the world’s leading media, entertainment and communication companies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NBCUniversal.  Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company and is the nation’s largest video provider, largest Internet services provider, and the fourth largest phone company.  The Company is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.  Additionally, Comcast has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team and the Wells Fargo Center, a large multipurpose arena in Philadelphia.

Mr. Roberts is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) where he served as Chairman for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2007 and from 1995 to 1996 when the landmark deregulatory 1996 Telecommunications Act became law. He is Director Emeritus of CableLabs, the research and development consortium for the cable industry where he served three terms as Chairman. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Business Roundtable, a CEO only organization based in Washington, D.C., and also serves on the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Mr. Roberts has won numerous business and industry honors for his leadership.  In 2011, he received the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for his visionary leadership and philanthropic work in education and technology.  He also received the Fred Dressler Achievement Award from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University for his consistent and unique contributions to the public’s understanding of the media.  Also in 2011, he and his father, Ralph J. Roberts, were inducted into Babson College's Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.  In 2009, Institutional Investor magazine named him as one of America’s top CEOs for the sixth year in a row, and named Comcast one of America's most shareholder-friendly companies for the fourth year in a row.  In 2008, he was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters for his outstanding leadership in the community and for serving as a role model to youth.  In May 2007, he was presented with the cable industry's highest honor, the National Cable and Telecommunications’ Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. In October of 2006, he was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was honored by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) for his commitment to diversity in the cable industry, and by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) for Comcast’s unprecedented commitment of resources to champion the PDFA’s drug-free message.  He also was the recipient of the 2004 Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  In 2003, Mr. Roberts was awarded the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award by the UJA Federation of New York.  In 2002, he was honored by The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia for his commitment to youth programs and community partnerships.

Mr. Roberts co-chaired the 2003 Resource Development Campaign for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and was a founding co-chair of Philadelphia 2000, the nonpartisan host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention.  An All-American in squash, he earned a gold medal with the U.S. squash team in 2005 and silver medals at the 1981, 1985, 1997 and 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Mr. Roberts, 52, received his BS from the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Aileen, live in Philadelphia with their three children.