Entercom President/CEO David Field updated staff today in an internal memo on the progress of the upcoming merger with CBS Radio.
“There is nothing more important to our future success than the quality of our people. We have spent a great deal of time working to build a “best in class” team composed of highly talented, high performance stars from CBS and Entercom, plus a number of newcomers from outside of the industry who bring new perspectives and capabilities.”
“Today, I am delighted to announce many of the leaders on our future senior corporate leadership team once the transaction closes. The list is a work in progress and in the weeks ahead, as planning continues, we will announce additional members of the leadership team. Here is the current list in alphabetical order: JD Crowley, Executive Vice President of Digital; Mike Dee, President of Sports; Michael Doyle, Regional President and President of Sales Operations; Ruth Gaviria, Chief Marketing Officer; Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer; Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming; Pat Paxton, President of Programming; Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer; Rich Schmaeling, Chief Financial Officer; Andrew Sutor, Senior Vice President and General Counsel.”
“I want to share some further information on our programming leadership. Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero, who have done outstanding jobs leading their respective programming teams, will both have key senior leadership roles in the new Company. Pat will serve as our President of Programming and Chris will serve as our EVP of Programming after the transaction closes. Both will report to me and serve on the Company’s senior management committee. While Pat will oversee the music brands and Chris will oversee the news/talk/sports brands, they will be working collaboratively, along with the programming team across the country to ensure that we continue to develop outstanding brands with the best personalities and content for our listeners nationwide”
In making the announcement Field noted, “I also want to add a special word of recognition to Scott Herman, who has done a terrific job over so many years in various leadership roles at CBS, culminating in his current position as Chief Operating Officer. While we are disappointed that Scott will be moving on to pursue other personal and professional endeavors, we greatly respect his outstanding leadership contributions to the organization. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Field continued, “As you can well imagine, the process can be hard as oftentimes it requires making very difficult decisions. I can assure you that in every case, we are doing our best to make what we believe are the right decisions for the future of the organization. All of that said, we are incredibly excited about the leadership team that we are building to lead this extraordinary new company forward.”