John Lippman, Sr VP of News and Operations of the Univision Station Group resigned after 14 years on the job. His last day was June 30th.
I caught up with John, who’s having a little R&R, to ask him why he left. He tells me that for the past year he hasn’t felt challenged and decided it was time to move on.
“I’m looking for a new challenge,” he tells me “and with the turmoil the media business is now in, there are plenty of challenges out there.” He points out that while many media companies are laying off, there are others who are hiring, particularly in online divisions. “Bilingual Hispanics are in a better position to compete for and claim these new jobs and to hold on to them,” he says. “My experience in Univision has given me great respect for the people who are able to work in both languages and to me it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world wakes up to it.”
Looks like John won’t be replaced. Instead, 2 committees – one of regional general managers and another of regional news directors – will split up the duties of his job.
No word yet where John will land, but he promises to keep me posted.