CHANGING PLACES: Ann Simonds, Jeff Harmening, Marta Martinez…
People change positions, get promoted or move to other companies. Portada is here to tell you about it.
General Mills, which celebrated its 150th anniversary this year, announced a new organizational structure for the global organization.This reshuffling includes the termination of the international chief operating officer role and the departure of U.S. SVP/CMO Ann Simonds.
Simonds spent over two years in the CMO role. She has worked at General Mills for more than 20 years under various titles and played a key role in the marketing of its many consumer goods brands. Simonds also led the recent round of reviews along with CCO Michael Fanuele.
President U.S. COO Jeff Harmening will now run global operations and effectively take over for PepsiCo veteran Christopher D. O’Leary, whose job will be eliminated.
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, four business regional groups will report directly to Harmening, each led by a Group President:
North America Retail (U.S. Retail & Canada) led by Jon Nudi(photo)
Europe & Australia led by Bethany Quam
Asia & Latin America led by Christina Law(photo)
Convenience Stores & Foodservice led by Shawn O'Grady
The company will also eliminate 400-600 jobs around the world, “subject to consultation with employees and employee representatives in locations as required.” GM is an organization that employs an estimated 39,000 people in full and part-time positions.General Mills has instead decided to create a global CMO position, and the company is currently seeking external candidates to fill it.
Technology and data-driven media solutions company Intersection has appointed Marta Martinez Chief Revenue Officer. Martinez will drive revenue across the organization as it scales its growing digital media portfolio, including LinkNYC, LinkUK, and the MTA New York City Transit On the Go kiosks, to new solutions, products, and markets globally.Martinez will report to Chairman and interim CEO Dan Doctoroff.Before joining Intersection, Martinez served as Senior Vice President of AOL Advertising.
Judith Martinez-Sadri has been named Bilingual Digital Content Manager at Cox Communications in Atlanta.
Univision Puerto Rico has appointed Michael Gillespie to President and General Manager, effective immediately. In this role, Gillespie will be responsible for the overall direction and operation of all of Univision Puerto Rico’s properties, which include two television stations Univision Canal 11 and Tele Isla Canal 7 as well as two radio stations WKAQ-580 (WKAQ-AM & WYEL-AM); KQ105 (WUKQ-FM) and (WUKW-FM) and Univision’s digital assets on the island. Gillespie will report to John Eck, Chief Local Media Officer for Univision Communications Inc.Gillespie started his media career in Puerto Rico at the radio station WOSO and Canal 13.
Telemundo Houston has hired Sussy Ruiz as Assistant News Director.She replaces Andrea Ospina, who left the position in September.Ruiz was most recently Regional Manager of Broadcast and Digital News for the Univision Television Group, based in Miami. She had worked for Univision for almost 15 years.
iHeartMedia announced that Jose Gadea has been named Program Director for La Preciosa Network, effective immediately. iHeartMedia’s La Preciosa Network has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — across the country in cities including Sioux City, IA; Salinas/Monterey, CA; Bakersfield, CA; Riverside, CA; Santa Barbara, CA and San Antonio, TX. Gadea previously worked as the Program Director for Uniradio.