Kate Juergens Stepping Down as ABC Family’s Chief Creative

Had a pivotal role in developing net's original programming

Kate Juergens is leaving her post as ABC Family’s chief creative officer and evp of original content, Variety reported.

Juergens’ exit, which was announced by ABC Family president Tom Ascheim, comes as the Disney-owned network seeks to consolidate its business strategy, planning and development and scheduling and acquisitions under one leader, according to Deadline. Lynn Stephanian, formerly the svp of acquisitions and scheduling, will also exit as part of the restructuring.

Juergens was instrumental in the development of much of ABC Family’s original programming, including the shows Switched at Birth, Pretty Little Liars, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

She joined the network in 2004, and was former network president Michael Riley’s second-in-command until he left the company in September of 2013. When Riley departed, Juergens was considered a top choice for his replacement, but the position ultimately went to Ascheim, formerly a gm at Nickelodeon and CEO of Newsweek, who joined the company in December.

Juergens, who released her own memo, says that she has been considering leaving the company for “several months,” but decided to stay on through the pilot season.

According to Deadline, the search for a new leader of the now-combined departments is underway.