Mario Ruiz has been named senior vice president of talent development and strategy for Telemundo Media. Before joining the company, he was a consultant and executive producer at the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. He also worked at Univision Networks as vice president of talent from 2004 to 2011.
Name: Gustavo Ordóñez
Company: Univision Communications, Inc.
New position: Senior vice president of programming research.
Past experience: Twenty years of experience as a research executive and strategist. Served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and research for A&E Ole Networks Latin America. Worked as marketing manager of new media and research for Disney Latin America.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Be humble, work hard, have a bigger purpose and enjoy life. Let your attitude determine your altitude.”
Name: Maria Badillo
Company: Viacom International Media Networks – the Americas
New position: Vice president of programming and production for the U.S. Hispanic network.
Past experience: Nearly 20 years of experience in programming, production, marketing and new media. Served as director of programming and acquisitions for Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic. Worked at ¡Sorpresa! Network as senior ice president of programming and production.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Never forget who you are and where you are coming from, always believe in yourself and your dreams and wherever you go look for your happiness and the ones around you.”
Viacom International Media Networks The Americas has named Fernando Gaston as brand manager of the U.S. Hispanic network Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas. He has also worked with the company as senior vice president of content and creative for MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central Latin America.
Also at VIMN, Federico Cuervo has been named brand manager of Comedy Central Latin America. He has 20 years of experience in programming and production. Prior to this role, he served as vice president of programming and production for MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central Latin America.
April Donelson has joined the Haute Media Group as vice president of national accounts for Haute Living Magazine. Before joining the company, she served as director of sales and marketing for the Welcome Channel for five years. In her new role, she will be responsible for the growing and managing of national accounts for all Haute Living branded platforms.
Beasley Broadcast Miami has named Georgia Beasley interactive sales manager for its three South Florida radio stations, Power 96 WPOW-FM, 99.9 WKIS Country and 560 Sports Radio WQAM-AM. Beasley, who started her radio career at WQAM, most recently served as general sales manager at Beasley’s WJBR-FM in Delaware.
Viacom International Media Networks The Americas has named Hector Almaguer vice president and general counsel. In this role, he will ahve commercial and legal responsibilities for MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Vh1, among others. Before joining VIMN THe Americas, Almaguer was senior vice president of business and legal affairs for Universal Music Latin America.