Executive suite reworked at KQED Public Media


San Francisco-based KQED Public Media announced a major restructuring of senior management positions under new President and CEO John Boland, who took the helm in March. Boland returned to KQED following his tenure as the first chief content officer for PBS in Washington, DC. 

KQED Public Media is comprised of public television stations KQED, KTEH, and KQET; public radio stations KQED and KQEI; websites kqed.org and kteh.org; and the Education Network.

Boland announced the following changes at a staff meeting this week:

Donald Derheim has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Derheim will have senior management responsibility for membership, marketing, communications, technology, human resources, and legal. 

Under the new structure, the three senior content managers – Jo Anne Wallace, vice president and general manager, KQED Public Radio; Michael Isip, vice president, television; and Tim Olson, vice president, digital media and education – will report directly to Boland. Isip will have
expanded responsibilities in the new organizational structure with television programming and the multimedia project QUEST added to his current portfolio of local and national productions and TV presentations. The chief financial officer and chief development officer will also report to Boland.

“Given the needs of the organization and my background, our board of directors has requested that I focus particular attention on content and related services, community engagement, and fundraising,” said Boland. “The appointment of a chief operating officer and the other organizational changes we announced today will allow me to devote the necessary time and effort to these priorities.”

Mitzie Kelley has been promoted to chief financial officer. Kelley has served as interim CFO since September 2009 while continuing to also perform her duties as controller. 

William Lowery has been promoted to general counsel and corporate secretary. Lowery has served in this role on an interim basis since March 2010 and is now officially appointed to oversee legal affairs, board administration, and related activities

Steve Welch, currently vice president, engineering and technology, becomes chief technology officer, reflecting the expanding importance technology plays in public media.  Welch’s responsibilities include senior management of television and radio technical operations, IT, and facilities.

Traci Eckels continues in her role as chief development officer and Joanne Carder as vice president, human resources.