Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mexicanal Strengthens Executive Team

Promotes Maruchi Urquiaga to Chief Operating Officer

Betti Ortega to Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

Taps Antonio Gonzáles as Production & Operations Director

Atlanta, GA – February 8, 2011 – Fueled by recent carriage expansion to more than 4.6 million Hispanic households, the MEXICANAL® Network is strengthening its core team in order to meet the greater needs posed by its growth. MEXICANAL has announced that Maruchi Urquiaga has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, while Betti Ortega has been elevated to Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. Additionally, Antonio González has joined the company as Productions and Operations Director.

“As MEXICANAL increases its distribution into more and more Hispanic homes, the network is always looking into new ways to better serve its audience and business partners,” said Luis Torres-Bohl, MEXICANAL’s President. “These important promotions allow us to continue to reap the benefits of Maruchi's proven track record as MEXICANAL’s General Manager, while she also applies her talent and guidance in the larger role of Chief Operating Officer. Combine that with Betti’s much deserved promotion to Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, and our new structure will only further strengthen our team's ability to continue to grow MEXICANAL successfully over the coming years."

Urquiaga will continue to function as MEXICANAL’s General Manager, but in her new position as Chief Operating Officer she will also spearhead the company's marketing and public relations efforts by focusing on strengthening the network's brand within the U.S. Hispanic market. With more than 28 years of experience, Urquiaga will continue to direct the programming strategy of the network as well as its on-air image. She joined Castalia in 2005.

Ortega, previously Vice President of Affiliate Relations, brings more than 15 years of experience with her in marketing, public relations, promotions and new business development. Before joining MEXICANAL in 2010, she was Senior Account Executive at Taylor Communications, working in the agency’s multicultural practice. Her experience also includes handling the marketing and promotion for other agencies and consumer product companies, both in the U.S. and Latin America.

“Antonio González has come onboard to help transition MEXICANAL to the next level,” added Torres-Bohl. “We look forward to working closely with him on the continued success and expansion of the network.”

With more than 20 years of experience, González will be charged with overseeing MEXICANAL’s operations and supporting the company’s mission to provide the best regional television programming to Mexicans living in the United States. He will be based in the production headquarters in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Prior to joining MEXICANAL, González was Production Director at Propela, an independent production company based in Guadalajara. His experience includes contributing to the launch of TV AZTECA Jalisco, and assisting in the development of C7 Jalisco, a regional TV station in Mexico and affiliate of MEXICANAL.

The MEXICANAL Network, a television channel formed jointly by Atlanta-based Castalia Communications and Mexico-based Cablecom, provides Mexicans living in the United States with news, entertainment and sports programming from their hometowns. The network’s lineup features MEXICANAL original productions and the best programming from affiliate broadcasters, independent producers, and local access stations in regions across Mexico, including Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Guerrero, Oaxaca, State of Mexico, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Hidalgo, Campeche, Chiapas, Yucatan and Zacatecas. For more information, please visit www.mexicanal.com.

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