NBCUniversal announced Friday the appointment of Cesar Conde, erstwhile head of dominant U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Networks, as executive vice president for business development, strategic priorities and special projects.

Conde will be a member of the executive committee and will also form part of the NBCUniversal International group, led by recently appointed Chairman Kevin MacLellan.

With Univision Communications since 2003, Conde became president of Univision Networks in 2009 and recently took part in the launch of the conglomerate's first English-language network, Fusion, in partnership with ABC News.

Univision Communications disclosed earlier Friday that Conde left the company.

Alberto Ciurana, president of programming and content; Isaac Lee, president of news; and Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes, will begin reporting directly to Univision CEO Randy Falco, the media giant said.

"Alberto, Isaac and Juan Carlos are three extraordinarily talented executives with keen insights and deep knowledge of our business, our audiences and what makes our networks so successful," Falco said.

"They are largely responsible for the recent success and tremendous momentum of our network business. This new management structure provides us with an opportunity to be even more nimble going forward," the CEO said.

NBCUniversal owns Telemundo, Univision's main rival in Spanish-language television. EFE