American Public Media Taps Jon McTaggart As Next CEO
April 21, 2011 at 3:56 AM (PT)
AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP, parent company of MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO and AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA, announced WEDNESDAY (4/20) that SVP/COO JON MCTAGGART will succeed the retiring BILL KLING as the company's CEO, effective JULY 1st. MCTAGGART joined MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO in 1993 and has been with the company ever since, except for two three-year stints in other industries.
"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of this world-class media organization," said RANDY HOGAN, Chairman of the company's Board of Trustees and CEO of PENTAIR, INC. "JON has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of public media. This combined with his deep industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes JON uniquely qualified to lead APMG successfully into the future."
"JON is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates," said GENERAL MILLS COO, U.S. Retail and APMG board Succession Committee Chair IAN FRIENDLY. "He's been a successful executive here and elsewhere. Even more important, he's a great fit with each of the four 'critical leadership competencies' we evaluated as part of our selection process: strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and mission-driven orientation. We're delighted that he's accepted the position."
"I'm honored, and I'm grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated and talented professionals," said MCTAGGART. "We produce innovative, relevant and insightful programming, every day, and our public service impacts the world far beyond where we live. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome."
"JON is a remarkable leader who has been responsible for a great portion of our success over the years," said KLING. "I'm very happy with the board's decision, and I'm confident JON will ensure that APMG continues to lead the way in public media's ongoing evolution."
"BILL KLING and his team have done a remarkable job during this period of staying focused and moving forward," said HOGAN. "The APMG team can take justifiable pride in the fact that what it has accomplished over the last year is no less innovative and forward-thinking than the work that built this organization into the powerhouse it is today. Those efforts made our selection work easier, and allowed the process to go smoothly."