Loren Mayor Named NPR's President, Operations Mayor will be NPR's President, Operations; Grundmann becomes SVP for Programming and Audience Development; and Gemma Hooley will be SVP Member Partnership

Loren Mayor Named NPR's President, Operations

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NPR President, Operations Loren Mayor - 2018

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Thursday Sept. 13, 2018; Washington, D.C. — NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn announced today that Loren Mayor will become President, Operations, effective immediately. In this newly created position, reporting to Mohn, Mayor will help set the course for NPR's future.

Since coming to NPR six years ago, Mayor has been a key decision maker on strategies of all kinds – from identifying new business opportunities to developing the network's strategic plan to strengthening NPR's relationship with its Member stations and partners. For the past year, she has led the organization's efforts to improve workplace culture; meeting with groups of employees, taking actions based on employee concerns, and overseeing the implementation of initiatives that improve accountability and make NPR a more equitable place to work. Mayor is on the advisory board of the Freedom Forum Institute's Power Shift Project, an initiative dedicated to promoting workplace integrity, defined as eliminating sexual harassment and creating opportunities for all.

"Loren is recognized both inside NPR and across the public radio system for her deep commitment to public media and her rare ability to both set and execute vision, turning aspirations into measurable outcomes," said Mohn. "Because of Loren, we are in a better position to achieve the goals in our strategic plan, fulfill our mission and prepare NPR for the next 50 years in our history."

"NPR is an essential institution in this country and in the world. The work we do matters to millions of people every day. Personally, I am grateful to be at a place filled with so many curious, passionate and principled people," said Mayor. "I look forward to working together with our board, our Member stations and our staff to fulfill NPR's mission to inform, challenge, delight and enlighten the American public. We strive every day to connect people to each other, to their communities and to people around the globe, with the hope that our work helps to strengthen our democracy and make the world a better place."

With this promotion Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Jon Hart, and Interim Chief HR Officer Graciela Montgomery will now report to Mayor. This expanded portfolio brings essential business teams under her leadership to help streamline decision making and achieve the goals in the strategic plan.

Additional changes to the NPR executive team include:

  • Anya Grundmann becomes SVP for Programming and Audience Development. Grundmann has developed a culture of innovation that has grown NPR's on-air programming and generated new audiences for public radio by creating some of the top podcasts in the country.
  • Gemma Hooley has been promoted to SVP Member Partnership in recognition of her leadership of NPR's collaborative business relationship with hundreds of NPR Member stations. During her tenure, she and her team have significantly strengthened that essential partnership, which enables NPR to grow and Member stations to better serve millions of listeners every week.

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Isabel Lara, NPR Media Relations