In N.Y., Claire Atkinson reports Univision President & CEO JOE UVA "shocked the industry yesterday by quitting the Spanish-language media giant." The move comes "less than two months after the company beefed up its executive team by hiring" RANDY FALCO as Exec VP & COO "in charge of sales, marketing and corporate development." Sources said that Falco, the former CEO of AOL, is the "most likely candidate to step up" to replace Uva (N.Y. POST, 3/15). DAILY VARIETY's De La Fuente & Lowry reported Uva "will resign effective April 2 after four years in the post." Univision Exec Chair HAIM SABAN "will assume additional responsibilities until a new CEO is appointed." A source said that a search firm "has yet to be hired" (VARIETY.com, 3/14). Several industry execs suggested that the move "might be related to even more ambitious plans by Univision and its Mexico-based programming partner, Televisa, to expand Univision's position" in the U.S. (NYTIMES.com, 3/14)
EXECS: The Thoroughbred Owners of California have selected PABLO SUAREZ to replace MARSHA NAIFY on the NTRA BOD (THOROUGHBREDTIMES.com, 3/11)....Cal Poly has hired San Diego State Univ. COO & Senior Associate AD DONALD OBERHELMAN as AD, effective April 4 (Cal Poly)....Next Marketing has hired The Marketing Arm VP/Operations MICHAEL GOVER as Dir of Experiential Marketing (THE DAILY).
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