via press release:
David Westin’s Transition
From: Sweeney, Anne X.
Sent: Monday, September 06, 2010 9:05 PM
Subject: David Westin’s Transition
For the past 13 years, David proved himself a tireless advocate for ABC
News, effectively guiding the group through some of the most seismic
industry, and divisional, changes imaginable. During that time, he
helped reinvent our News organization, and positioned us for great
success going forward. While it will be sad to see David leave, his
desire to pursue other professional endeavors is understandable, and
commendable, and I know you¹ll join me in wishing him nothing but the
best. I¹ll be announcing a new leader for ABC News in the near future.
Here is a copy of David¹s original email.
From: Westin, David L.
Sent: Monday, September 06, 2010 5:47 PM
To: ABCTV News ALL
A month ago I told Bob Iger and Anne Sweeney that the time has come for
me to step down as President of ABC News. Leading you has been a great
privilege and a solemn responsibility — a responsibility that I tried to
fulfill for over thirteen years by doing what I believed was best for
this important news organization. I will root for your continued success
long after I am gone.
I¹ve always admired those few who know when it¹s time to move on. This
is the right time for me. Over the last nine months, we¹ve put in place
new anchors on all of our programs. At the same time, we went through a
very difficult transformation made necessary by changes in our business
and its economics. I am confident ABC News is better positioned for the
future than it has been at any time since I came here in March of 1997.
As rewarding as I¹ve found my time here, there are some other things I
want to do professionally — things that I cannot explore while
fulfilling my responsibilities here. I¹m announcing my decision now so
that I can pursue those possibilities, something I couldn¹t do in
fairness to all of you until I¹d told you of my plans to step down. I
have agreed to remain your leader through the end of the year to ensure
that Anne has the time she needs to find the right successor and that
there is an orderly transition. So, I¹m not going anywhere for the time
being. I will need your support during this interim period to make sure
that we continue to move forward.
I have only the highest regard for the company of which we are a part,
for its leadership, and most important for all of you. I am grateful
for your letting me be part of this great organization for so long.