(CNN) -- Stephen Burke will become the new head of NBC Universal once Comcast assumes control of the media giant, the companies said Sunday.
Burke would succeed Jeff Zucker, president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal, who is expected to continue in his position until the deal closes.
Comcast agreed in December to buy NBC Universal from parent company GE for $30 billion.
Zucker announced Friday he would step down, saying then the timing was right and that he would likely not leave for another six months.
"Steve Burke is an experienced, talented and visionary leader with over 25 years in the media and entertainment industry. Steve is one of the most well-respected executives in the industry, and I am confident that he will lead NBCU forward to a new era of growth," Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said in a statement announcing Burke's appointment.
Burke is the current chief operating officer of Comcast.