Stuart J. Epstein is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NBCUniversal. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s financial planning and operations and plays a key role in NBCUniversal’s strategic business initiatives. Stuart reports directly to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. He began his current role in October 2011, after previously serving as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of the Firm’s Media & Communications Group, where he also had responsibility for the Casino Gaming and Education businesses. While at Morgan Stanley, Stuart served as a key advisor to Comcast senior management on the company’s $37.5 billion joint venture with General Electric, which led to the formation in January 2011 of NBCUniversal.
Stuart joined Morgan Stanley in 1984 as a Financial Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York. After earning his MBA, he returned to the firm and served in a variety of positions in both New York and London in the Real Estate, Corporate Finance and M&A Departments. In 1993, while in London, Stuart assumed formal coverage responsibility for Morgan Stanley’s media clients in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Early in 1996, he returned to New York with a principal focus on executing M&A transactions for media companies. In 2005, he became Head of the North American Media practice, in 2006 was named Co-Head of the Global Media & Communications Group, and became Global Head of the group in March of 2008.
Stuart received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his MBA. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He lives in New York City with his wife and four children.