Adria Alpert Romm
SEVP, Human Resources Discovery Communications
Adria Alpert Romm is in charge of human resources management, training and development, benefits and compensation, staffing and organizational development of Discovery Communications’ global workforce, which numbers approximately 4,500 people in more than 40 offices around the world.
Upon joining Discovery in 2007, Alpert Romm played a key role in executing a significant business restructuring, including a realignment of Discovery’s global workforce, which has focused the organization on growth, performance and operational efficiency. She also implemented a number of employee development and wellness initiatives that reinforce Discovery’s reputation as one of the best places to work, as measured by Working Mother magazine, and the Cable and Television Human Resources Association (CTHRA), among others.
Among these initiatives are the introduction of measureable corporate values, employee growth traits, global mentoring programs, an enriched internship program to build Discovery’s talent pipeline, the creation of three on-site wellness centers and the construction of an on-site daycare center at the company’s global headquarters, which opened in 2008. She is a key champion of Discovery’s community outreach programs, including, the annual Adopt a Family holiday initiative, the Discover Your Impact Day global employee day of volunteerism and the Discovery Gets Packing annual back-to-school backpack distribution program.
Prior to assuming her role at Discovery, Alpert Romm spent more than 25 years at NBC Universal, most recently as senior vice president of human resources overseeing the NBC TV Network and Studio divisions, NBC News, and cable networks including MSNBC, CNBC, USA, SCI FI and Bravo. In her NBC Universal career, Alpert Romm held roles as vice president of human resources for NBC television network and NBC staff functions, as well as vice president of human resources at CNBC and MSNBC where she oversaw human resource functions during the launch of MSNBC, and played a key role in integrating Bravo and Telemundo into the NBC family of companies.
Alpert Romm serves on the board of directors for the Emma L. Bowen Foundation and Women in Cable Television (WICT). Recently, Alpert Romm was named CTHRA’s 2011 HR Leadership Excellence Award winner and under her leadership, Discovery has been honored by The Walter Kaitz Foundation and The T. Howard Foundation. She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and speech.