Ray Rodriguez has announced plans to retire the end of this year as President and COO of Univision Communications. CEO Joe Uva will assume the additional title of President at the corporate level and Cesar Conde will become President of the Univision Networks.
Rodriguez began his career with Univision in 1990, when it was owned by the Hallmark Network. Since that time, he has served as senior vice president and operating manager of the Univision Network, president of the Univision Network, Galavisión Network, and the TeleFutura Network, and, most recently president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications.
“Ray has been an invaluable part of the Univision family and I want to personally thank him for his many contributions to the company’s success, as well as for his role in the popularization and proliferation of Hispanic media in this country. His extraordinary vision, commitment to the Hispanic community and innate ability to program our networks with content that resonates with our audience have been instrumental in establishing and growing our clear #1 position and defining Spanish-language news and entertainment as we know it today. I know that I speak for everyone at Univision in wishing him all the best as he enters this next chapter of his life,” said Uva.
Conde will assume his new position on October 1st. He has most recently served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Univision Communications, and was tasked with spearheading strategic initiatives focused on the growth and profitability of the company across all of the divisions. Conde has served ion many roles at the company, including special assistant to Joe Uva; president of Univision Interactive; vice president and operating manager of the Galavisión Network; vice president of corporate development for the Univision Networks; and vice president of sales and business development at the Univision Network. From 2002-2003, Conde was one of 12 White House Fellows appointed by President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he served as the White House Fellow for Secretary of State Colin Powell. Before joining Univision, Conde was vice president of business development at StarMedia Network, the first Internet company focused on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking audiences globally. He began his career as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney in their mergers and acquisitions group.