Raycom Media announced today that Senior Vice President Susana Schuler is being promoted to Executive Vice President Content & Operations. The announcement comes as CEO Paul McTear announced his retirement and the promotion of Pat LaPlatney to CEO. In her new role Schuler will continue to oversee News, Marketing and Programming for the company while adding Research and other operational responsibilities.
In making the announcement LaPlatney said, "In her ten years here in Montgomery, Susana has made countless contributions to the company, in many different disciplines. She has an extraordinary work ethic that makes all of us around her better at what we do, and it’s a privilege to make this announcement today. Susana will play an integral role as we move Raycom Media forward into the digital age, and I could not be happier for her, or more excited for the company."
Since starting in 2006, Schuler has helped the company grow the culture and coverage of its market leading news operations through a uniquely connected approach to sharing content and resources. She has also guided the efforts to create Raycom Media owned daytime programming. Schuler was instrumental in launching the company’s first leadership training initiative in news which has since grown to provide leadership development for all disciplines in the local stations.
"Our Local Media Companies have an incredible connection to their communities. We remain enthusiastic about their continued opportunities to be the source of information, entertainment and engagement across all platforms," Schuler stated. "Our almost 5,000 employees make Raycom Media who we are each day by embracing and maximizing localism. I’m deeply proud to be a partner in that mission and excited about what the future brings for our leaders to serve our audiences, communities and our clients like no other broadcast company in America can."
Prior to joining Raycom Media, Schuler was Corporate News Director for Nexstar Broadcasting Group for nearly ten years. Before joining Nexstar, Schuler served in various news management, reporter and anchor roles across the country. Schuler serves on the board of the Carole Kneeland Foundation, the AP Broadcast Advisory Board as well as on the Executive Council for Alabama Christian Academy. She lives in Montgomery with her husband and younger daughter. Schuler’s older daughter and grandchildren live in Killeen, TX where her son-in-law proudly serves the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Hood.