Telemundo Deportes President Ray Warren will retire, following a 15-year career with Comcast NBCUniversal and almost five decades in the media industry.
The company announced Warren will step down after overseeing Telemundo’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in November, with a scheduled departure in early 2023.
Warren joined Telemundo Deportes in 2016 from NBC Sports, where he was EVP and Chief Revenue Officer of NBC Sports Regional Networks.
Since taking the helm of Telemundo Deportes, he led the network through the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and the women’s World Cup from France the next year. He oversaw the network’s first-ever men’s FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Warren was also responsible for Telemundo’s acquisition and coverage of Copa America from Brazil in 2019 and in 2020 he spearheaded the purchase of the exclusive U.S. media rights to Liga MX’s Club Deportivo Chivas de Guadalajara to complement the network’s soccer line-up, including the exclusive Spanish-language rights of the English Premier League.
He was also instrumental in bringing the exclusive Spanish-language coverage of this year’s entire NBC Sunday Night Football package including regular season games and playoff matchups to Telemundo.
Telemundo would not say who will take over his role. But a potential replacement could be Telemundo Deportes EVP Eli Velázquez, who has held multiple management positions within the network’s sports division over the past 20 years.