Turner changes up management team

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 13 May 2015

Turner Broadcasting System chairman and CEO John Martin has announced a reorganisation of the Turner senior management reporting structure, and changes to its senior management team.

Doug Shapiro has been appointed to EVP and chief strategy officer. He has been promoted from his role as SVP of international and corporate strategy for Time Warner Inc, Turner's parent company, and will assume the role in July of this year.

Shapiro will be responsible for furthering Turner's global corporate strategy and will work with executive team members to identify business models and strategies that contribute to the continued growth of the company. He will also oversee Turner's domestic research and consumer insights team and its media group.

In addition, the company is commencing a search for a new head of communications.

On the reporting front, chief human resources officer Angela Santone will now report directly to Martin.

"Turner has made meaningful progress in delivering on the ambitious growth mandate I put in place last year," Martin said. "This is an extremely talented executive team with a sense of purpose, all of whom are immensely invested in the ongoing success of Turner. I have great confidence in this team and in our future."

The Turner executive management team will now include: president of TBS, David Levy; president of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker; president of TBS International Gerhard Zeiler; CFO Pascal Desroches; general counsel Louise Sams; Shapiro; Santone; and the yet-to-be appointed communications head.