Rob Simmelkjaer was named Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures on September 12, 2011. Simmelkjaer is responsible for managing the NBC Sports Ventures unit, a collection of NBC Sports properties including NBC Sports Radio, Reebok Spartan Race, Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the Red Bull Signature Series. In addition, Simmelkjaer is charged with leading international business development for the NBC Sports Group, including acquisition and distribution of global media rights. Simmelkjaer also oversees NBC Sports Group’s stake in Universal Sports. Simmelkjaer reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.
In addition to his position as Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures, Simmelkjaer serves as an on-air contributor across multiple NBCUniversal platforms, including NBC Sports, NBCSN, NBCSR, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Simmelkjaer anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Prior to joining NBC, Simmelkjaer served as ESPN’s Vice President of International Development and Corporate Projects. In that role Simmelkjaer managed all international development and corporate projects for the network, including ESPN’s family of international television channels, radio outlets and publishing interests. Simmelkjaer also managed the networks relationship with the International Olympic Committee. During his time at ESPN, Simmelkjaer also served as an anchor & correspondent for ESPN and ABC News.
From 2003-2006, Simmelkjaer worked as Vice President, Assistant to the President. In that position he assisted George Bodenheimer in matters of strategic direction and management. Simmelkjaer joined ESPN in 2002, as the director of programming and acquisitions. In that role he was the primary figure responsible for the launch of a six-year programming agreement between ESPN/ABC Sports and the National Basketball Association.
Prior to his tenure at ESPN, Simmelkjaer practiced law at two New York firms, Weil, Gotshal and Manges from 2000-2001, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1997-2000.
Simmelkjaer is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. At Dartmouth, Simmelkjaer anchored the Dartmouth sports radio for four years as well as Dartmouth radio’s award-winning coverage of the 1992 presidential election. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Alexander Nagle award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
Simmelkjaer is a native of Haworth, NJ. He currently lives in Connecticut.