Pank Patel is Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development for Universal Pictures. Reporting into the studio’s Chairman, Patel manages a team to oversee the identification and execution of strategic initiatives, acquisition opportunities, and investment strategies across Universal Filmed Entertainment’s business segments.

Prior to his current role, Pank held the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development at NBCUniversal International, where he was is responsible for overseeing NBCU’s strategic, operational improvement and M&A initiatives across all NBCU’s territories outside the US.

Previously, Pank spent a year based in India supporting Comcast and NBCU Int’l in developing NBCU’s entry strategy for India. In that role, Pank developed the firm’s relationship with leading Indian operators, sourced potential investments and led diligence of asset opportunities across TV, cable, broadband and DTH.

Prior to joining NBCU, Pank was an associate in the UK (M&A) Investment Banking team at Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Pank focused on cross-sector M&A execution working on deals across the UK, Western Europe, Latin America and the US. Previously, Pank was a senior consultant in Accenture’s business consulting team.

Pank holds a BA in Economics from Girton College, Cambridge University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.