He succeeds Steven J. Smith as president and retains his CFO title; Smith remains chairman-CEO.
Journal Communications Inc. announced that its board has named Andre J. Fernandez president in addition to his role as chief financial officer. Steven J. Smith, who was president, will remain chairman and CEO.
“This additional title recognizes the significant role Andre plays on our leadership team,” said Steven Smith. “He has been instrumental in the continuing evolution of our business, the steady focus on building our local media brands and the sustained investment in our digital business. Andre has also helped us maintain our strong financial disciplines which have led to Journal’s consistently improving balance sheet. We look forward to Andre’s increased operational responsibilities across the company.”
Fernandez joined Journal Communications in October 2008 from NBC Universal, where he was senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Telemundo Communications Group since 2004. Prior to Telemundo, he served in a number of financial leadership roles for GE.
Fernandez holds an AB in economics from Harvard University.