Cox Media Group Shuffles Executive Staff, Duties
March 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM (PT)
COX MEDIA GROUP has promoted EVP/CFO NEIL JOHNSTON to EVP/Strategy and Digital Innovation, appointed former ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION publisher and CMG alum MIKE JOSEPH EVP and promoted VP/Finance CHARLES ODOM to VP/CFO.
JOHNSTON will oversee Strategic Development, CMG Digital, and the company's growing portfolio of digital investments. "Focus in the areas of strategic development and digital innovation are critical to our future success," said CMG Pres. DOUG FRANKLIN. "NEIL's leadership in CMG's strategic planning and his experience in securing innovative new ventures will accelerate CMG's transformation to a digital media company."
JOSEPH, who succeeds ALEX TAYLOR, who was promoted to SVP at COX COMMUNICATIONS, will be responsible for all of CMG's newspapers. "MIKE is a proven leader and has been leading the charge with the transformation work underway at our newspapers," FRANKLIN noted. "MIKE will ensure that our newspapers' immediate needs of transitioning rapidly to digital business models are met with seamless execution." Newspaper veteran AMY GLENNON, the AJC's VP/Audience, will succeed JOSEPH as publisher.
JOHNSTON's promotion to CMG Strategy and Digital Innovation prompts the promotion of VP/Finance CHARLES ODOM to VP/Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for all Corporate Finance and Accounting activities across the company. Additionally, EVP BILL HOFFMAN will now have oversight for the company's Corporate Revenue team and the majority of CMG's radio and TV stations, except those in the CMG/OHIO group.
"Since forming CMG in 2009, we have built strong relationships across all of our media platforms, and that will continue with these new leadership positions," FRANKLIN added.