A little over three years after joining Journal Communications as Chief Financial Officer, Andre Fernandez has been promoted to President of the company, while continuing as CFO. Steven Smith is relinquishing the President title, but will continue at Chairman and CEO of the TV, radio, newspaper and new media company.
“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.”
Prior to joining Journal in October 2008, Fernandez had been Sr. VP and CFO of NBC Universal’s Telemundo. Before his arrival at Telemundo in 2004 he had served in a number of financial executive positions at various General Electric operations.