Trautmann Upped at Cumulus While Kline to Depart
As Cumulus CEO Mary Berner reorganizes several of the divisions at Cumulus, the IT and Engineering areas are experiencing changes as well.
In a memo to staff obtained by RBR+TVBR, Berner says Conrad Trautmann, now Chief Technology Officer and EVP of Technology for Network Operations at Westwood One, has been promoted to SVP of Technology and Operations for all of Cumulus.
“By their very nature, IT and Engineering have historical and inherent overlap — and that overlap is not only apparent across Cumulus platforms, but also responsible for considerable confusion and redundancy,” says Berner. “By integrating these two critical disciplines under one leader, we can identify their intersections and seize opportunities which will lead to the development of better technology solutions and more effective execution of all IT and engineering functions, fueling the company’s growth and paring excess costs.”
As part of the changes, Gary Kline, who had been SVP of Broadcast Engineering for 15 years, informed Berner he’s leaving “to pursue other professional goals,” according to the CEO. She thanked Kline for his “tremendous contributions” to Cumulus and said he’s staying on for a transition period.
Trautmann’s tech and broadcast engineering career began in local radio on Long Island and he has 15 years of network radio experience with Westwood One. He’s active in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and is Westwood One’s representative on the Interactive Advertising bureau, serving on the audio and podcast committees and taking part in the development of the Digital Audio Ad Serving Template.
His new role cover companywide broadcast engineering and IT responsibilities but also new corporate operations, responsibilities and departments, including Purchasing, Real Estate and Facilities. Other promotions include: Pete Stefanske is now VP of Information Systems, Cumulus. Marsha Reid Rhodes is now Manager, Telecom. Brian Hicks continues to oversee Real Estate and now reports to Trautmann. Eric Wiler’s scope expands to encompass leadership of Westwood One technology and network operations as SVP, Technology and Broadcast Operations, reporting to Westwood One’s COO Charles Steinhauer, with a dotted line reporting relationship to Trautmann.