Juan Carlos Urdaneta to step down as president of Turner Latin America

Turner International president Gerhard Zeiler takes over interim responsibility

14 September 2016 – Juan Carlos Urdaneta has decided to step down as president of Turner Latin America, at the end of the year. Gerhard Zeiler, president, Turner International, will serve as interim president of Turner Latin America until a successor is in place. Zeiler and Urdaneta will lead the LATAM team together from October 1 onwards until Urdaneta’s departure.

Juan Carlos Urdaneta said: “It was a difficult decision to leave Turner, especially the amazing team of professionals it has been my honor to lead for the last 16 years. I want to thank Gerhard for his support. It’s truly been a wonderful ride and I leave knowing this Company has much continued success ahead.”

Gerhard Zeiler said: “I cannot thank Juan Carlos enough for his outstanding achievements in his 22 years with Turner. Juan Carlos built Turner’s Latin America business, making the region an outstanding contributor to the company’s global earnings; under his guidance, the division’s DPTI has had a CAGR in the high-to-mid teens for over 16 years.  Known for his principled and insightful management, he created a powerful team which executed brilliantly in both booming and challenging economic environments. Without Juan Carlos’ strategic vision, Turner would not have built such a prosperous pay-TV network in Latin America, supplemented by established free-to-air TV and innovative multimedia sports programming.”

Juan Carlos Urdaneta first joined Turner (then called Turner Broadcasting System) in 1994 as regional controller for Latin America. In 1996, he was promoted to regional vice president for Northern Latin America sales, and subsequently served as senior vice president, Sales & Marketing. He was named president of the division in 2000. Before he joined TBS, he was head of financial operations at Johnson & Johnson Venezuela and TelCel, a cell-phone strategic alliance between Cisneros and Bell South, also in Venezuela; and he managed the financial aspects of PepsiCo’s non-alcoholic beverages division in the Andean region.

Turner Latin America is a leading media company with significant operations across the region, including 56 channels in three languages in 44 countries. The division also handles pan-regional channel management and advertising sales for the Warner Channel. Turner Latin America’s key brands are organized into five content groups: Kids (Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network GO, Boomerang and Tooncast); General Entertainment (TNT, TNT GO, TNT Series, TNT Series GO, Space, Space GOTCM, I.Sat, Warner Channel, TBS veryfunny, HTV, MuchMusic, Glitz* and truTV); News (CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Chile and HLN); Sports (Esporte Interativo, EI Maxx, EI Maxx 2 and EI Plus); and Broadcast (Chilevisión).

• Oliver Herrgesell, SVP Communications International, Turner
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• Caroline Rittenberry, VP Marketing & Communications, Turner Latin America
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