Brian Dorfler

Head of HR, NBCUniversal Media Group

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Brian Dorfler was named Head of Human Resources for NBCUniversal’s Television & Streaming Group in August 2020, newly re-envisioned as NBCUniversal’s Media Group in June 2023. In this role, Dorfler leads the Human Resources function for the company’s television networks – NBC, USA, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Universal Kids, and international networks – as well as the NBC Sports Group, NBCUniversal’s Global Advertising division, Content Distribution, and NBCUniversal’s direct-to-consumer portfolio, including the company’s steaming service, Peacock. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal Media Group.


Dorfler moved into his current role from Peacock, where as part of the original team he established and led the HR function and helped build out the organization for its successful 2020 launch. Prior to Peacock, he spent several years leading HR for the company’s Finance function, the Digital Enterprises business, as well as the global Operations and Technology teams that support NBCUniversal’s portfolio of television, film, and theme park businesses. These teams included NBC’s Rockefeller Center Studio Operations, Universal Studio Operations, Broadcast Operations, Information Technology, and Engineering.


Before moving to NBCUniversal’s New York headquarters in 2006, Dorfler held various human resources leadership roles with CNBC. He originally joined General Electric – at the time, parent company of NBCUniversal – in 2001 as a member of the Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP) with GE Energy in Schenectady, New York.


Dorfler is a U.S. Army Veteran and served for years as a Military Intelligence Officer in Europe, supporting peacekeeping operation in both Bosnia and Kosovo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Dickinson College; he completed his master’s degree in industrial and labor Relations at Cornell University. Dorfler lives in New Jersey with his wife, Christine, and their three children.

You are doing too much
Tuesday, April 16
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm CT
Panel – Stuck in the Middle: Your People Managers Can’t and Shouldn’t Be Expected to “Do It All”
Breakout Session
Did you know that 60% of hybrid employees view their managers as their primary link to company More details culture? Yet, people managers often find themselves caught in a balancing act: They’re often torn between meeting employee expectations for purpose, flexibility, and career advancement while navigating performance pressures and shifting business priorities from senior leadership—and managing their day-to-day duties at the same time. In this panel, you’ll hear from HR leaders at top-tier organizations who are actively addressing these challenges. During this session, panelists will cover:
  • Strategies to strengthen the connection between managers and company culture in any work environment.
  • Innovative approaches to support and train people managers to meet employee expectations for purpose, flexibility, and career growth.
  • Insights into mitigating the skills gap among managers.
  • Practical examples of how HR leaders are clarifying manager priorities to enhance organizational culture.
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