Company says it will not seek a replacement for him.
Ion Media Networks Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Dean M. Goodman has stepped down “in order to pursue other interests,” according to the company. Ion added that it does not plan to seek a replacement, saying his responsibilities will be assumed by other members of senior management.
“In his tenure with the company, Dean was instrumental in assembling the country’s largest group of full-power television stations, including stations in all of the top 20 U.S. markets,” said CEO Brandon Burgess. “He also led our stations through a digital build-out, which positions us well for the digital broadcast transition. On behalf of the board of directors and our employees, we thank him for his leadership and wish him well.”
Goodman began his career at the company when it owned primarily radio interests, including the largest radio station group in the state of Florida. Following the divestiture of the radio division, he was instrumental in the company’s entry to the television business and assembling its current broadcast footprint.
“For over a decade I have had the privilege of working with an incredible group of individuals on building a great radio company, launching a television network and assembling the largest TV station group in the U.S.,” Goodman said. “I am proud to have been a part of the company’s continued growth and especially thank the employees for their support and hard work over the years.”