Sean Gamble named EVP & CFO of Universal Studios

MUMBAI: Universal Studios has appointed Sean Gamble as executive vice president and chief financial officer. The announcement was made by Universal Studios president and chief operating officer Ron Meyer.

He replaces Christy Shibata who has accepted a position as executive vice president, Financial Planning & Analysis, NBC Universal. Gamble was most recently executive finance manager for GE Oil & Gas’s Equipment business located in Florence, Italy. Prior to his position in Italy, he was vice president, Financial Planning & Analysis for Universal Pictures.

 As executive vice president and COO of Universal Studios, Gamble will be responsible for overseeing the financial and operational performance of Universal’s global film operations, reporting to Meyer. He will also report functionally to NBC Universal executive vice president and chief financial officer Lynn Calpeter.

Meyer said, "We know Sean well and we are so pleased to welcome him back. His already established relationships along with his international experience are invaluable as we continue to focus on our film operations worldwide."

Gamble joined GE’s Corporate Audit Staff in 1999 where he performed various audit-related, process improvement and merger & acquisition assignments across several businesses, including Aviation, Energy and Corporate Headquarters. As an Executive Audit Manager with the Audit Staff, Gamble supported the 2004 merger of NBC and Universal.

He received a mechanical engineering degree from Bucknell University and joined GE in 1996 as part of the Financial Management Program at GE Industrial Systems.

NBC Universal formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. They own and operate a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.