Ray Rodriguez to Retire at Year End as Univision Communications President and Chief Operating Officer
Cesar Conde Named President of Univision Networks
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Univision Communications Inc., the nation’s leading Spanish-language media company, today announced that Ray Rodriguez, 58, president and chief operating officer, will retire from the company at the end of the year, after nearly 20 years at Univision. Univision also announced that Cesar Conde, 35, most recently executive vice president and chief strategy officer, will become president of the Univision Networks, and that Joe Uva, currently chief executive officer, will assume the additional title of president of Univision Communications. Conde, who will assume his new role on October 1, 2009, will be based in Miami, Florida, and will continue to report to Uva.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead and serve alongside such a talented, dedicated and innovative group of individuals, beginning with Jerry Perenchio, whose vision and leadership created the foundation for Univision’s outstanding growth over the years”
Rodriguez has been an integral part of the Univision family for almost two decades and is known throughout the industry as a pioneer in Spanish-language media. During his tenure at Univision, he has provided steady leadership, delivered on the company’s unwavering commitment to provide premier Spanish-language programming to U.S. audiences and played an instrumental role in diversifying the company’s portfolio of media assets. In addition to overseeing Univision’s #1 rankings in television, radio and online, Rodriguez helped redefine mainstream media by securing Univision’s rise to consistently deliver more viewers than the English-language networks. Rodriguez began his career with Univision in 1990, when it was owned by the Hallmark Network. Since that time, he has served as senior vice president and operating manager of the Univision Network, president of the Univision Network, Galavisión Network, and the TeleFutura Network, and, most recently president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications.
Uva commented, “Ray has been an invaluable part of the Univision family and I want to personally thank him for his many contributions to the company’s success, as well as for his role in the popularization and proliferation of Hispanic media in this country. His extraordinary vision, commitment to the Hispanic community and innate ability to program our networks with content that resonates with our audience have been instrumental in establishing and growing our clear #1 position and defining Spanish-language news and entertainment as we know it today. I know that I speak for everyone at Univision in wishing him all the best as he enters this next chapter of his life.”
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead and serve alongside such a talented, dedicated and innovative group of individuals, beginning with Jerry Perenchio, whose vision and leadership created the foundation for Univision’s outstanding growth over the years,” said Rodriguez. “I am proud of how the company has grown by leaps and bounds during my tenure, expanding its offerings and platforms while continuing to deliver a superior product and fostering strong community ties with our viewers. With a clear path for future growth, today Univision is in great shape. With this in mind, I have decided that this is the right time for me to prepare to retire from the company. I am more than confident that the company will continue to thrive in the capable hands of Joe Uva and his management team and with the support of the company’s owners.”
Rodriguez continued, “In working closely with Cesar it is clear that he has the industry knowledge, leadership abilities and creativity necessary to take Univision to the next level. I have no doubt that Cesar is the ideal person to take on the position of president of the Univision Networks and that he will be successful in advancing the company’s growth and further strengthening its strong bond with the U.S. Hispanic community.”
Commenting on Conde’s appointment, Uva said, “Cesar’s intimate knowledge of the communities we serve provides him with a unique insight into the needs of our audience. Having worked alongside him since I joined Univision, I am confident in his ability to oversee all aspects of our three networks and I look forward to working with him in this new role as we strive to further grow our audience and share of overall advertising dollars.”
Conde commented, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve in this position and am excited to continue to grow the Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión Networks by working closely with our talented employees, proven leadership team and esteemed programming partners. We are all inspired by the magnitude of Ray’s achievements at Univision. He has been a tremendous leader for our organization over the years and I look forward to building on his extraordinary legacy, extending Univision’s leadership position and growing our valued brand among the Hispanic community.”
Conde most recently served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Univision Communications, and was tasked with spearheading strategic initiatives focused on the growth and profitability of the Company across all of the divisions. Conde has been an innovative leader since he joined the company, serving in many roles, including special assistant to Joe Uva; president of Univision Interactive; vice president and operating manager of the Galavisión Network; vice president of corporate development for the Univision Networks; and vice president of sales and business development at the Univision Network. From 2002-2003, Conde was one of twelve White House Fellows appointed by President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he served as the White House Fellow for Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Before joining Univision, Conde was vice president of business development at StarMedia Network, the first internet company focused on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking audiences globally. He began his career as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in their mergers and acquisitions group. Conde holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Conde is also active in the development of educational opportunities for young Hispanics. He is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Futuro Program, a non-profit organization that provides role models and educational workshops to Hispanic high school students. Conde is the recipient of numerous awards for his efforts on behalf of the Hispanic community, including the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) 2009 Next Generation Leader Award, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award, the Harvard Foundation Award, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Award, and the Cuban-American National Council Young Leader Award. In addition, he was named to Hispanic Magazine’s 2007 list of “Top 25 Most Powerful Hispanics” and featured by Poder Magazine in its 2008 and 2009 special editions of the most influential Hispanics in the U.S. Conde is also a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media Company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 64 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; and Univision Interactive Media, which includes http://www.univision.com, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S., and Univision Móvil, the industry’s most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa’s pay television channels in the U.S. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
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