Penske Media names George Grobar chief operating officer
Mr. Grobar most recently served as Executive Vice President for the company. Mr. Grobar joined Penske Media in 2009 and, in addition to his new COO role, he will continue to serve as a Director on the PMC Board as well as on the Board of PMC’s joint venture in India with Zee TV.
Mr. Grobar joined PMC as Chief Financial Officer and was actively involved in integrating several new acquisitions into the company, building the PMC join venture operations in India (which includes India.com, Bollywoodlife.com, The Health Site, Cricket Country and BGR India). He also played a lead role in the integration of the Variety and Fairchild operations.
Mr. Grobar came to PMC with over two decades of financial and operational experience in new media, consumer products and technology enterprises.
Prior to joining PMC, he spent 13 years at The Walt Disney Company, and 8 years in manufacturing and product development at Unisys Corporation.
He was the Senior Vice President of Disney Mobile, where he led the launch of a new strategic business from the ground up, competing with major players for share of mobile phones in the family market.
Before moving to Disney Mobile, he held several senior positions in Disney business units including Vice President of Disney Ecommerce, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Disney Direct Marketing and Walt Disney Art Classics, and the Director of Business Operations & Control for the Consumer Products Division Controllership.
Mr. Grobar has a B.A. degree in Economics and English, magna cum laude, from Amherst College in Massachusetts and an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan. ■