Mirta Ojito has been named director, news standards, at Telemundo and will be based in Miami. Her responsibilities will include: reviewing scripts and reports for accuracy and fairness, supporting news management on review processes and ethics training, and providing guidance to Telemundo journalists about news standards. She will also be responsible for training new hires and ensuring that all Telemundo employees are continually educated on NBC News standards and practices, including the use of social media. Before, she was an assistant professor in the Colombia University Graduate School of Journalism. Previous to that, she was at the New York Times, where she was a member of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has also held various positions at The Miami Herald Publishing Company. Ojito, whose books include Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s from Columbia in journalism.
Samuel A. Brown has been named vice president of advertising at the Miami Herald Media Co. He most recently was vice president of digital solutions for the Northeast Ohio Media Group, and he succeeds Alexandra Villoch, who was promoted to president and publisher in April. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in producing for the electronic media from Syracuse University.
Luis Roldan has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer at America CV Network stations in Miami, New York and Puerto Rico. He will be based in Miami. Before, he was executive vice president at TVC Equity in Puerto Rico, a private equity media corporation. He has a bachelor's
degree from Fordham University.
Lisa Gibbs has been named business editor for The Associated Press, based in New York City. Gibbs a former executive business editor at the Miami Herald and a senior writer at Money, was most recently the real estate section chief of Money.com. She graduated from the University of Miami with majors in journalism and economics.
Robert Gauci has been appointed vice president and general manager for the Miami market of tw telecom. Before, he was a senior manager for the company’s Charlotte market. He has a degree in business/commerce from Southeastern Louisiana University.
The Miami Herald Media Co. has announced two changes to its senior leadership.
Armando Boniche, left, has been promoted to vice president of audience development. Before, he was director of circulation. He has a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Miami and a master’s in geography from Syracuse University.
Alex Fuentes, right, has been promoted to vice president, interactive and marketing, from interactive general manager. He will retain his responsibilities leading the company’s interactive/digital operations and also will be charged with leading marketing efforts. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida International University and an MBA from Florida State University.
Juan 'J.C.' Acosta has been named executive vice president as well as chief financial officer and executive-in-charge of production at Viacom International Media Networks. Before, he was senior vice president as well as chief financial officer and executive-in-charge of production.
Since joining VIMN in 2007, Acosta has helped plan and develop the company’s original production output of more than 1,000 hours of content. That includes Nickelodeon’s first independently produced telenovela, “Grachi,” which ranked No. 1 in multiple markets throughout Latin America, and MTV Latin America’s first-ever telenovela, “Niñas Mal,” which received 12 million viewers in Latin America and an additional 5 million on Tr3s in the U.S. Hispanic market. Other notable credentials include the ‘tween’ telenovelas “Isa TKM,” “Isa TK+,” “Miss XV” and “Sueña Conmigo.”
Acosta, a CPA, has a bachelor’s of accounting and an MBA from Florida International University.
Best advice he ever received: “If you’re process-oriented and not totally outcome-oriented, then you're more likely to be a success. I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success.’ Success is a byproduct of excellence.”
George Haj has been named regional editor-in-chief at ALM. He will oversee the Daily Business Review in Miami, the Daily Report in Atlanta, and Texas Lawyer, a weekly out of Dallas, effective April 21. He is senior editor of local news at the Houston Chronicle, where he has been since 2003. Before that, he was at the Miami Herald, where he had been business editor. He studied journalism and political science at the University of Miami.
Best advice he ever received: "No one ever did their best work being comfortable. Learn to say yes — to meeting people outside your normal circles, to learning new things, and to accepting a new work challenge even if it's outside your comfort zone. Particularly if it's outside your comfort zone."
Javier I. Ortiz has been named vice president of human resources at Telemundo Station Group. He will oversee all HR functions for Telemundo’s 17 stations in the United States. Before, he was director of human resources for Telemundo Networks, where he provided HR support to the news, alternative programming, sports and programming groups. Ortiz graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a BSBA in Human Resources Management.