Univision overhauls senior team ahead of Televisa merger

Wade Davis

US-based Spanish-language broadcast group Univision has overhauled its senior leadership team, with changes to its entertainment and corporate execs.

Jessica Rodriguez, who previously led entertainment for Univision, is now chief brand & impact officer with a remit across a joined creative strategy.

SVP of entertainment & music Ignacio Meyer becomes EVP for music & on-scripted, while Juan Carlos Rodriguez has been promoted to president of sports enterprises and Leopoldo Gomez now leads on news.

The new-look team joins former Telemundo exec Luis Silberwasser, who was named president of Univision Television Networks Group in January.

Elsewhere, Carlos Ferreiro will become chief financial officer for Univision, having held the same role at Televisa for 20 years. He succeeds Univision’s existing CFO Peter Lori on 1 October.

Other changes include the appointment of Pilar Ramos as general counsel and corporate secretary for Univision, Jose Tomas as chief administrative officer and Flavia Vigio as EVP of communications.

The shakeup comes after Univision announced a merger with Televisa earlier this year. Anticipating a H2 2021 close, Univision said that the redesigned corporate leadership structure will allow it to “execute the vision for the future” of the combined company.

Of the shake-up, Univision CEO Wade Davis said: “The size of the market opportunity and our positioning to become the global leader in Spanish-language media has allowed us to attract new and diverse executives from some of the largest and most successful companies in the world.

“We have the right strategy, and following the closing of the Televisa-Univision merger, we will have the assets and market-leading position for this team to execute and capture the opportunity in front of us to be the largest and most compelling Spanish-language media company across all platforms.”

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