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Azcárraga Jean exiting as Televisa CEO

Emilio Azcarraga JeanEmilio Azcárraga Jean is exiting his role as CEO of Mexican TV giant Televisa, with Bernando Gomez and Alfonso de Angoitia replacing him.

The changes take effect on January 1, 2018, with Gomez and de Angoitia become co-chief executives at the company, which is the largest provider of Spanish-language content on the international market but has recently experienced programming and advertising revenue issues.

Azcárraga Jean will remain executive chairman, overseeing long term strategy, and stays in charge of Televisa’s football business, which includes the America professional team and Fundación Televisa. He will also remain as Televisa’s largest shareholder.

Grupo Televisa noted both Gomez and de Angoitia were “instrumental” in implementing a 1997 capital restructuring that saw Azcárraga Jean become CEO, at which point the company returned to profitability after a rocky period.

Gomez joined in 1998 and is currently executive VP, while do Angoitia joined in 1999 and is also EVP, having previously been been CFO.

The pair were also key players in programme licence renewal negotiations with US Hispanic network Univision, which leans heavily on Televisa for its content offer; the acquisition of cable operations; and moves to diversify revenue streams away from the traditional advertising models.

“Our industry is undergoing a massive transformation, presenting us with big challenges, but even bigger opportunities,” said Azcárraga Jean. “For over two decades, and through some critical business moments, Bernardo and Alfonso have been driven and passionate executives who have outgrown their current roles at the company.

“Their new leadership roles will allow me to focus on the company’s long-term strategy. I have tremendous faith in their capabilities and I am confident that Televisa will continue to strengthen its presence as one of Mexico’s fastest growing telecom providers and as the leading Spanish-language content producer worldwide, driving value for our shareholders.”

The news came after Televisa’s latest financial quarter revealed a drop in ad revenues and subscribers to both its streaming and online services. The company said the ad money issues were the cause of a drop in net sales.

Further changes see former CFO Salvi Folch becoming VP of strategic planning with Carlos Ferreiro named VP of finance and Jose Antonio Lara becoming VP of administration.

Earlier this year, Televisa and Univision unified their development and production efforts, with Isaac Lee becoming chief content officer of both companies.

Televisa owns a significant stake in Univision, and is looking to take further control of the broadcaster. Azcárraga Jean holds a personal 5% stake.