ABC News Digital Reorganizes Leadership

ABCNewsCom060310.bmp ABC News Digital is reorganizing its senior leadership, according to an email from senior VP of digital Paul Slavin.

Slavin announced that Jon Dube, VP of ABCNews.com, decided to take one of the buyouts that ABC News offered employees earlier in the year, and will be leaving ABC in July.

As a result, the company has changed its senior leadership to reflect the new structure.

Andrew Morse has been named executive producer of integration and innovation, where he will be charged with working with broadcast producers to develop integration ideas across the television and digital products. Morse was most recently executive prodcuer of “Good Morning America Weekend,” a position which was eliminated when ABC News restructured in April.

Ed O’Keefe has been promtoed to executive producer of ABCNews.com, and will report to Morse. O’Keefe joined the company last August as senior producer for innovation and special projects.

Elizabeth Barrett has been named VP of mobile, broadband and operations for ABC News Digital, reporting to Slavin. She had been an executive director.

Slavin also noted two promotions in the Disney/ABC Digital Media group, led by Albert Cheng. Those promotions are in the email Slavin sent to staffers earlier today, which is after the jump.
ABCNewsCom060310.bmp ABC News Digital is reorganizing its senior leadership, according to an email from senior VP of digital Paul Slavin.

Slavin announced that Jon Dube, VP of ABCNews.com, decided to take one of the buyouts that ABC News offered employees earlier in the year, and will be leaving ABC in July.

As a result, the company has changed its senior leadership to reflect the new structure.

Andrew Morse has been named executive producer of integration and innovation, where he will be charged with working with broadcast producers to develop integration ideas across the television and digital products. Morse was most recently executive prodcuer of “Good Morning America Weekend,” a position which was eliminated when ABC News restructured in April.

Ed O’Keefe has been promtoed to executive producer of ABCNews.com, and will report to Morse. O’Keefe joined the company last August as senior producer for innovation and special projects.

Elizabeth Barrett has been named VP of mobile, broadband and operations for ABC News Digital, reporting to Slavin. She had been an executive director.

Slavin also noted two promotions in the Disney/ABC Digital Media group, led by Albert Cheng. Those promotions are in the email Slavin sent to staffers earlier today, which is after the jump.

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From: Slavin, Paul S.
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010
Subject: ABC News Digital

It’s the ongoing mission at Digital to work with the broadcasts to create a deeply integrated on-air to digital experience for our audience. To further that effort, I’m pleased to announce that Andrew Morse has been named the Executive Producer of Integration and Innovation. During his very successful tenure as EP at “Good Morning America Weekend,” Andrew played an important role in ABC News Digital when he spearheaded our partnership with Facebook during the 2008 presidential election. In this new role Andrew will work with the broadcast EPs to create state of the art integration between our on air and digital outlets. Reporting to me, he will, through Ed O’Keefe and Nancy Han, oversee ABCNEWS.com and ABC News NOW and will focus on innovating new digital franchises around the programs and will be instrumental in keeping ABC News at the forefront of this dynamic space.

I am also pleased to announce some promotions on the Digital team. Ed O’Keefe will take on a new title — Executive Producer of ABC News.com, reporting to Andrew. In his new role he will be responsible for audience growth, editorial content, and production of our site. Working closely with the whole digital team he will be responsible for redesigning our site and keeping it in close affinity with our programs.

Elizabeth Barrett has been promoted to Vice President of Mobile, Broadband, and Operations for ABC News Digital and will report to me. Elizabeth will continue to oversee the planning, business strategy, production, and operations of the ABC News Mobile and Broadband businesses, in addition to the Operations and Design & Photo departments for ABCNews.com, ABC News Now, ABC News Video-on-Demand, and other emerging platforms and devices.

I am also pleased to announce two promotions from the Disney/ABC Digital Media Group headed by Albert Cheng. Albert’s team works hand-in-hand with the ABC News Digital department and is essential to our success.

Isaac Josephson has been promoted to Vice President of Product Development reporting to Karin Timpone, SVP of Marketing and Product Strategy. Isaac will oversee product management, project management, and analytics for ABC News Digital — three disciplines that ensure we are doing right by both the business and the users.

Stacy Damiani has been promoted to Director of Marketing, also reporting to Karin Timpone. Stacy will oversee the digital marketing strategy of all ABC News Digital products including ABCNews.com, mobile, broadband, and emerging platforms.

Please join me in congratulating Andrew, Ed, Elizabeth, Isaac, and Stacy on their new positions.

I also want to share that Jon Dube has decided to take a buyout and is leaving ABC News Digital. During Jon’s tenure, ABCNEWS.com has, on multiple occasions, reached all-time record highs in traffic — most recently in March of this year. He’s also worked on innovative partnerships with social media sites and online publishers. We’re thankful for his dedication and leadership and wish him well. Jon will remain at ABC News until July to help with the transition.

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