CBS Radio Restructures Leadership, Adding Scott Herman as COO

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The CBS headquarters photographed on Aug. 2, 2013 in New York City. 

CBS Radio has announced a restructuring of its management team following last week’s round of layoffs. As part of the shakeup, executive vp of operations and New York market manager Scott Herman has been promoted to chief operating officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Herman will lead local operations across the company’s 117 major market stations. 

"Scott has a tremendous reputation in the industry, and is a distinguished representative for radio," said president Andre Fernandez in a post on CBS Radio's website. "He understands CBS Radio’s vision for the future and will provide strength to our senior leadership team as we move forward with a variety of key growth initiatives. Having someone with Scott’s experience collaborating directly with our station management will result in new value for CBS Radio and our partners."

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Fernandez also outlined further adjustments to management in a memo to employees, according to reports by RadioInk.com and the RAMP newsletter. Bob Philips will add svp/director of sales to his role as Baltimore market manager, and Marc Rayfield will vacate his managerial post in Philadelphia to assume Herman’s role as head of the New York market.

It was also announced in Fernandez’s memo that Michael Weiss has decided to step down as president of sales to pursue other opportunities. He has held that role since 2007.

Some of the other changes in the offing: evp of programming Chris Oliviero will add oversight of research activities to his responsibilities. Rich Lobel has been given the title of evp and cmo of Altitude, CBS Radio's cross-platform sales unit.

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"I believe this new leadership structure and the outstanding group of talented, experienced and respected executives we’ve tapped for key roles positions us well for the future,” Fernandez said in his memo. “Combine that with our portfolio of major-market stations that rivals that of any broadcaster, and I think you will agree we’re set up for improved performance and results."

The news follows reports that CBS laid off an estimated 200 staffers on July 13 in a round that eliminated the majority of Radio.com’s editorial staff.