The Oklahoma City-based group is reorganizing its stations, Web sites and radio network around content, sales, marketing and technology.
Griffin Communications today announced the consolidation of its Oklahoma City and Tulsa companies, creating a new operational structure with an increased and streamlined focus on the development and distribution of news and information content in Oklahoma.
“As media companies across America are evaluating and downsizing their organizations in order to stay viable in these challenging economic times, we have opted to take this opportunity to reorganize our company to better serve the news and information needs of Oklahomans, and ensure we are optimally positioned when the economy turns again in the right direction,” said David Griffin, president and CEO of Griffin Communications.
“With two of the country’s highest performing CBS affiliates in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, along with a CW affiliate in Tulsa, a statewide radio news and agriculture network, two established and growing Web sites, along with new initiatives in development, Griffin Communications is uniquely poised to continue evolving our company and content offering in spite of the worst economic downturn in recent history,” Griffin said.
Changes were announced in four areas: Content, sales, marketing and technology. Each division will be led by a vice president, reporting to a chief operating officer. The executive team will be based in the Griffin Communications corporate office in Oklahoma City.
- Rob Krier, previously vice president and chief operating officer of KWTV, has been named chief operating officer of Griffin Communications, and will report to Griffin.
- Joyce Reed, previously vice president of strategy, has been named vice president of content.
- Wade Deaver, previously director of sales for KWTV, will assume the role of vice president of sales.
- Dot Rhyne, general manager of Griffin Marketing Solutions, has been named vice president of marketing, while retaining oversight of Griffin Marketing Solutions.
- Dick Dutton, vice president of technology, will now oversee technology and production teams across the state.
At the same time, Oklahoma City and Tulsa finance and human resources personnel will report to Ted Strickland, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and Kathy Haney, vice president of human resources.
Along with Steve Foerster, Griffin Communications vice president of corporate development, Strickland and Haney will report to David Griffin.
The finance, human resources, sales, marketing and technology restructure is effective immediately. Content division changes will take effect June 1.