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Suzanne Kolb tapped as president of E! channel

July 7, 2011 | 11:02 am

Marketing stylista Suzanne Kolb was named president of E! Entertainment, the Comcast Corp. cable channel that earlier this year joined the NBCUniversal constellation. Suzanne_Kolb

Kolb, a six-year veteran of the channel, previously served as head of marketing, news and digital entertainment for E! and the Style Network. The promotion was announced Thursday. Kolb now reports to Bonnie Hammer, chairwoman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

"As a member of E!'s leadership team, Suzanne has played a pivotal role in getting the network to the great place it is today," Hammer said in a statement. "Her strong oversight of three areas key to E!'s success -- news, online and marketing -- makes her the perfect person to lead the brand through the important next phase of its evolution."

The company credits Kolb with helping shape E! into, in its words, a "top global entertainment news brand." She also was responsible for marketing and creative direction for some of the network's biggest hits, including the "Kardashians" franchise, "Chelsea Lately," "The Soup" and "Fashion Police."

"E! has enjoyed great success in the past but we're just getting started," Kolb said in a statement. Prior to joining E! in 2005, she was an executive vice president of marketing for the now defunct WB television network.

-- Meg James

Photo: Suzanne Kolb. Credit: E! Entertainment