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Steve Capus is Executive in Residence at IESE Business School. Prior to joining IESE, Capus served for nearly eight years as the President of NBC News. His tenure in the news division’s top management role began the week of Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005. That staggering week set the tone for what was to follow: from numerous other catastrophic events, dangerous war coverage in Iraq and Afghanistan, the historic election of Barack Obama, many election cycles and presidential debates, the Virginia Tech massacre, Arab Spring uprisings, an economic/business meltdown, and even a royal wedding in London. It all added up to critically acclaimed programming, industry-leading ratings/business performance and outstanding individual and divisional reputations.
As the President of the News Division, Capus had ultimate business and managerial responsibilities for NBC News properties, including the worldwide newsgathering; editorial & technical teams and correspondents/anchors; NBC Nightly News; TODAY; Meet the Press; Dateline, Rock Center, and the network’s special and elections units. His purview also included MSNBC cable; NBCNews.com; all of the networks digital properties. He also served on the boards of directors of The Weather Channel; the Newseum and the MSNBC.com joint venture board.
His NBC career also included successful stints as the executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw… and The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC. It began with senior roles at TODAY; NBC News at Sunrise; NBC Nightside and countless Special Reports and Election broadcasts.
Capus is a native of the Philadelphia area where he graduated from Temple University with a BA from the School of Communication and Theater. He worked as a reporter at several Philadelphia-area newspapers and radio stations before his first TV jobs in local news where he became an executive producer at the age of 25.