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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.