NEW YORK – August 16, 2012 – Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that Keith Turner has been named president of Advertising Sales and Marketing for Univision Communications, effective September 4, 2012. Turner, who was most recently the senior vice president of Media Sales and Sponsorship at the National Football League, will be based in New York and will report to Randy Falco, president and chief executive officer of Univision Communications Inc. Turner replaces David Lawenda who stepped down from this role.
“Keith has a sterling reputation in the media industry for being an effective and creative sales and marketing executive, and having spent many years working closely with him at NBC, I can personally attest to his unique talent,” commented Falco. “He will be making a move from one incredibly strong consumer brand – the NFL – to an even stronger one – Univision, and we are excited for him to bring his skills and relationships to our organization. We are confident that Keith has what it takes to build on our relationships with our current clients as well as introduce new clients to the unrivaled power of partnering with the Univision brand.”
Turner said, “I am honored to join such a terrific team at Univision and have always respected the company’s valuable brand and tremendous influence among its ever-growing audience. As the media landscape continues its rapid transformation, and the U.S. Hispanic community makes its indelible mark on our country and our culture, Univision’s assets across traditional and digital platforms provide unparalleled means for advertisers to interact with this desirable consumer group. I look forward to working to capitalize on the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for Univision.”
Turner’s career in the media industry has spanned more than 30 years. He most recently served as the senior vice president of Media Sales and Sponsorship at the NFL where he spearheaded the return of Anheuser-Busch as an NFL partner after an eight-year hiatus. He also struck new partnership with Marriott, Bose, USAA and XBOX. Prior to joining the NFL, he spent more than 20 years at NBC where he held various roles including president of Sales and Marketing, senior vice president of Olympic and Sports Sales, vice president of Olympic and Sports Sales, and vice president of Sport Sales, among other positions. Before NBC, Turner was an account executive for CBS from 1982 to 1987. Turner began his career at Grey Advertising in 1976. He is a graduate of C.W. Post with a bachelor’s of science in business management and marketing.