- Bob Wright
Code purple

Founder and Chairman

Bob Wright

Bob Wright has had a diversified career in general management, marketing, and broadcasting. He served as vice chairman of General Electric and president, CEO, and chairman of NBC and NBCUniversal from 1986 to 2007. Prior to that, he served as president of General Electric Financial Services and before that as president of Cox Cable Communications.

Bob is a senior advisor of THL Capital, CEO and Chairman of the Palm Beach Civic Association and serves on the board of directors of Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, LLC; AMC Networks Inc.; and is a trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is a former member of the executive committee of Rand Corporation and a former director of EMI Group Global Ltd.

In 2005, Bob and his late wife, Suzanne, co-founded Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism research and advocacy organization. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission—the majority in science and medical research—and has grown into the world’s leading autism advocacy organization. Bob has played a leadership role in national autism legislation and continues to advocate for federal funding for programs related to treatments and services for individuals with autism. The Wrights have been widely recognized for their advocacy and philanthropy.

In 2008, the Wrights were named to the Heroes and Pioneers category of the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people. The Wrights also received the following joint recognitions:

  • First-ever Double Helix Award for Corporate Leadership (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
  • NYU Child Advocacy Award
  • Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award
  • American Ireland Fund Humanitarian Award
  • Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy 2011 Leadership Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Moffly Media’s Light a Fire)
  • Eugene M. Lang Lifetime Achievement Award (I Have A Dream Foundation)

In 2013, they received a Dean’s Medal from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for Global Leadership in Autism Research and Advocacy. In addition, Bob and Suzanne Wright received honorary degrees from St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s University, Fairfield University and UMass Medical School. Bob Wright graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., and the Law School of the University of Virginia.

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news & postings

Op-Ed: Bringing Innovation and Accountability to America’s Deadliest Cancer

March 1, 2017

Since the U.S. declared “The War on Cancer” in 1971, there has been no improvement in the pancreatic cancer mortality rate. Pancreatic cancer should not be a death sentence. With effective leadership, urgency and the level of priority it demands, we can save lives. Learn more about CodePurple’s demands for an innovative approach and accountability to America’s deadliest cancer in Bob Wright’s recent Op-Ed published in The Hill.

Former NBC CEO Bob Wright: 91% of People Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer Die Within a Couple Years

February 27, 2017

Wright’s latest role is leading the fight against pancreatic cancer since his wife Suzanne Wright passed away from the disease in July of 2016.  Wright began The Suzanne Wright Foundation and it’s ‘Code Purple’ initiative in an effort to boost awareness and research in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Grieving Husband Launches Foundation to Fight Pancreatic Cancer in Honor of His Late Wife

November 16, 2016

Due to poor funding, detection, and treatment, pancreatic cancer patients and caregivers search for answers up until the end. Help preserve through CodePurple, supported by The Suzanne Wright Foundation, to raise awareness of this deadly cancer and demand action now.


Bob Wright Joins CNBC’s Closing Bell for World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day

November 16, 2016

Bob Wright stopped by CNBC’s Closing Bell to advocate for the urgency and action needed in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

The Suzanne Wright Foundation Launch Featured on CNN New Day

November 26, 2016

Bob Wright, founder and chairman of The Suzanne Wright Foundation, sat down with CNN New Day’s Alisyn Camerota to discuss a new paradigm for federal funding, research and regulatory review, built on accountability and results.

Bob Wright and Liz Feld Speak with ABC7’s Bill Ritter

December 23, 2016

Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers: 91% of patients die. Bob Wright and Liz Feld are leading the fight to advocate for this underserved community.

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