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Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic (DLA/USH), a division of Discovery Communications, has announced the appointment of Allan Navarrete as General Manager (GM) and Angela Recio Sondon as the Vice President (VP) of Content for the company’s U.S. Hispanic division. Both appointments are effective immediately and based in Mexico City and Miami respectively.

descarga (1)Navarrete assumes this new role adding to his current responsibilities as Executive Vice President (EVP) and General Manager of Mexico, Andean Region and Central America, for Discovery Networks Latin America. He will report directly to Enrique R. Martínez, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and Canada.As GM for Discovery U.S. Hispanic, Navarrete is responsible for leading the business expansion within the company’s portfolio of Spanish-language networks in the U.S. which include Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia. Navarrete started his career at Discovery in 1995, holding several senior positions within the distribution side of the business across Latin America, Spain and Portugal. In 2005, he transferred to Discovery’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland to assume the position of vice president for channel distribution for the U.S. Hispanic market. Prior to that, he served as vice president for Latin American sales at NBC Universal International Television Distribution.

descargaAngela Recio Sondon will continue to report to Carolina Lightcap, Head of Content for Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic.In her role as VP of Content for Discovery U.S. Hispanic, Recio Sondon will be responsible for the strategy and implementation of programming, marketing (off-air and on-air), communications and digital efforts for Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia. In addition, she will communicate brand strategies and act as liaison with the advertising and affiliate sales units of the company.Recio Sondon began her career at Discovery in 2005 working in various senior capacities within the content area, most recently, as vice president of program sourcing and acquisitions for DLA/USH. She first joined Discovery as Director of Programming and Production for Discovery U.S. Hispanic.

descarga (2)Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has announced the promotion of Roberto Ruiz to executive vice president, Strategy and Insights, effective immediately. Ruiz will continue to report to Kevin Conroy, Chief Strategy & Data Officer and President, Enterprise Development, and will remain based in New York.Ruiz first joined UCI in 2008 as vice president of Strategy & Insights. Additionally, Ruiz has worked closely with research partners to improve the way their syndicated products represent the Hispanic consumer.Ruiz is a marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience in senior management roles. Ruiz holds an MBA in International Business and a MA in International Economics from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Sameer_Deen-e1433986483303Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has appointed Sameer Deen to the position of senior vice president, Univision Digital. He will be based in Miami and report to Isaac Lee, president of News and Digital for UCI and CEO of Fusion.In this new role at UCI’s digital division, Deen will be responsible for establishing and leading the digital strategy to reach new audiences by enhancing the user experience across UCI’s growing digital and mobile portfolio, expanding digital offerings and maximizing digital-linear TV integration.


descargaLaurie Silverman has assumed the position of VP, Strategic Partnerships & National Accounts at Eclipse Marketing Services, Inc. She will lead the agency’s Strategic Partnerships team, assuring our clients are provided with the insights, strategy, and marketing partnerships and campaigns needed to maximize their growth and revenue. Read more.
descarga (3)BBC Worldwide has appointed Anna Gordon as EVP for LATAM and the US Hispanic market.She will be based at the company’s regional headquarters in Miami and report to Paul Dempsey, president for global markets. Gordon will oversee all of BBC Worldwide’s businesses in Latin America, being accountable for profit and loss statements and strategic decisions in 19 territories, and having responsibility for delivering new brands, products and service initiatives, as well as continuing to drive future revenue growth.She will replace Fred Medina.


descarga (4)McDonald’s has appointed former Bacardi and Unilever executive Silvia Lagnado as its global chief marketing officer.Lagnado will be responsible for the fast-food chain’s global marketing, brand management, menu and consumer insights.She was most recently the chief marketing officer of Bacardi Limited and has also held numerous senior roles at Unilever. Lagnado will become the company’s first global CMO since Mary Dillon left in 2010.


descarga (5)The fast food chain has also announced that it has appointed former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to lead the company’s communication efforts as global chief communications officer.

They will both report to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbook who took up his role as the company’s first non-US chief executive back in January.

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Homero MartinezHomero Martinez is the new General Manager at Al Dia Dallas, the Belo Newspapers owned Spanish-language publication. Martinez will take over the functions of Al Dia Dallas previous publisher Penni Barton who left Al Dia Dallas on January 2nd.
Vicente Jubes, until recently CEO at Medula Networks, has departed the online ad network targeting the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American marketplace.


BWj1fn4IEAAZnorAward-winning journalist Roberto Ruiz has been named anchor of Azteca America’s two flagship nightly newscasts, Hechos Nacional Tarde, airing at 6:30 P.M. EST, and Hechos Nacional Noche, airing at 11:00 p.m. EST. Both newscasts will be aired exclusively in the United States and will focus on the national and international news and events that affect U.S. Hispanics. Prior to this new role, Ruiz was news anchor for Azteca America’s national news program Azteca America West Coast. Ruiz is a prominent Mexican journalist who began his professional career in 2004 as a reporter at the noted Mexican newspaper, “El Informador.” Ruiz then joined Canal 7 of Jalisciense de Radio y Televisión as the channel’s morning news reporter. In 2007, Ruiz joined TV Azteca, Guadalajara, as the morning news anchor and later was promoted to the anchor desk of the station’s flagship news program. A year later, he took the reigns at Azteca 7’s news program, “Info 7 Tarde.”In 2009, Ruiz was named news anchor for Azteca America’s news edition airing in Nevada, Texas, Florida and California. A year later, he took the helm at Azteca America’s national news program.

MhlvGXea_400x400Lincoln Lopez has been named VP & GM of Social Media at Univision Communications Inc. In this role, Lopez will work with leadership across the company to direct a fully integrated social media strategy that helps audiences engage and interact with Univision’s content across multiple media platforms.Previously, Lopez worked with Turner Broadcasting as vice president of Social and Digital Media for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. Prior to Turner Broadcasting, Lopez was the vice president of Digital Marketing and Social Media at MTV Networks.

cQ82qVwY_400x400Telemundo Network has appointed Luis Carlos Vélez to Executive Vice President of Network News, reporting to Luis Silberwasser, President of the Telemundo Network.In this new role, Velez will oversee the network news operations and be responsible for editorial direction, programming and production of all news properties, including the award-winning nightly newscast, “Noticiero Telemundo;” the Sunday news program, “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart;” the national weekend newscast “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana,” and the news content of Telemundo’s morning program “Un Nuevo Día,” as well as other related network news programming, breaking news and specials. Vélez also will oversee the network’s daily news magazine program, “Al Rojo Vivo,”. In addition, he will play a key role in strengthening the collaborations with Telemundo’s owned and operated stations.Previously, Luis Carlos Vélez was Anchor and News Director in Caracol Television in Colombia. Prior to that, Luis Carlos was an anchor and reporter for CNN International based in New York and an anchor for CNN en Español.Born in Bogotá, Vélez earned a degree in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes.

sep_twitter_400x400SABEResPODER (SEP), provider of comprehensive and culturally relevant educational media solutions for Spanish-dominant Latinos in the United States, has announced the addition of Boris Droutman, David Chun, Sergio Mankita, Raquel Villarreal, and Damien Burke to its growing team:




39fa461Boris Droutman joins as Chief Technology Officer. He will provide key leadership to SEP’s Technology team, and support the ongoing growth and development of our technology. Mr. Droutman was one of the founding engineers at NetFlix, Director of Engineering at LowerMyBills, CTO at ShoeDazzle, among several others.


10caa6bDavid Chun joins as Chief Product Officer. Chun will focus on enhancing SEP platform and generate new products to positively impact the community. In addition to his latest role as Chief Product Officer at Adly, Mr. Chun has held senior roles at Sony, PriceGrabber and Napster to name a few. He is also the Founder & Chairman of Metro Charter School. Mr. Chun is originally from Washington D.C., but resides in downtown Los Angeles.

Damien Burke joins as VP of Engineering. He will lead and oversee the in-house tech team and provide insight and leadership on the design and development of new platforms. Mr. Burke has been working in web software since 1996.He is a former field producer for the World Series of Poker Circuit Events, has acted and done voiceover and produced theater shows. Born in South Carolina, he was raised all across the country.

Sergio Mankita joins as VP of Market Research & Business Development. In this role, he will lead and manage all market research efforts and conduct business development and strategic partnerships. Previously, Mr. Mankita was a Marketing Manager with Univision Enterprises, the in-house incubator of Univision Communications, where he was an integral team member in launching multiple products in financial services, healthcare, automotive and telecommunications. A 15+ year veteran of media and the US Hispanic market, he earned his degree in Communication Studies from UCLA and his MBA from Thunderbird, the Graduate School of International Management.

2166532Raquel Villarreal joins as Director of Content. In this capacity, she will oversee the growth of untapped digital opportunities; maintain the accuracy, voice and style of all content production across print, onscreen, mobile and online while being an advocate for the immigrant voice. Haling from Monterrey, Mexico, she joins SEP with more than 7 years of editorial experience in bilingual and bicultural environments, including at Demand Media International, eHow en Español, and LIVESTRONG.COM en Español. Ms. Villarreal earned her bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

proxy (1)McDonald’s Chief Executive Don Thompson is leaving his post effective March 1 and will be replaced by McDonald’s veteran Steve Easterbrook, currently chief brand officer.An to turn around McDonald’s ailing business.Mr. Thompson’s departure follows a round of layoffs earlier this month at the company’s headquarters that resulted in the loss of 63 jobs, part of an effort to cut costs by US $100 million. Mr. Thompson is a longtime executive who joined the company in 1990 and in 2006 was named president of U.S. operations.In 2010 was tapped as president of the corporation.

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