There are changes at the top of Turner Broadcasting System’s senior management team. Chairman and CEO John Martin today announced that Doug Shapiro is moving to Turner Broadcasting as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer from his current position as SVP, International and Corporate Strategy for Turner’s parent company, Time Warner, Inc. He will begin his new job in July.
In his new role, Shapiro will be responsible for furthering Turner’s global corporate strategy and will work with the executive team to identify business models and strategies that contribute to the company’s continued growth. Additionally, he will oversee Turner’s domestic Research and Consumer Insights team and its Media group.
As part of the reorganization, Chief Human Resources Officer Angela Santone will now report directly to Martin. The company also is beginning a search for a new head of Communications, who will also report directly to Martin.
The Turner executive management team will now include: President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. David Levy; President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker; President of Turner Broadcasting System International Gerhard Zeiler; Chief Financial Officer Pascal Desroches; General Counsel Louise Sams; Mr. Shapiro; Ms. Santone; and the yet-to-be appointed communications head.
“Turner has made meaningful progress in delivering on the ambitious growth mandate I put in place last year,” said Martin. “This is an extremely talented executive team with a sense of purpose, all of whom are immensely invested in the ongoing success of Turner. I have great confidence in this team and in our future.”
In appointing Shapiro, Martin said: “I’ve worked with Doug for many years at Time Warner and have great appreciation for his ability to consistently push our company to be at the forefront of innovation and change. By melding his understanding of the business with research data and industry trends, Doug has helped shape the strategic direction of Time Warner, and the industry, since the day he joined the Company. I look forward to having Doug on the Turner team as we further chart innovative strategies that contribute to our continued success.”
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the outstanding executive team at Turner and work directly with John again,” said Shapiro. “Innovation is in Turner’s DNA. From the launch of the first 24-hour cable channel to the early adoption of TV Everywhere, it has been a driving force in the television industry and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing evolution of our company and the media sector.”
Before serving as SVP of International and Corporate Strategy at Time Warner, Inc., Shapiro headed up Time Warner’s Investor Relations group from 2008-2013. Prior to joining Time Warner in 2007, he was a senior analyst at Banc of America Securities.