After Yearlong Search, WarnerMedia Expects to Hire a New Ad Sales Chief Soon

Leader will likely oversee both WarnerMedia and Xandr sales teams

Donna Speciale and Gerhard Zeiler
Donna Speciale left WarnerMedia a year ago after CRO Gerhard Zeiler decided 'to change the leadership structure,' he told staff. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of one of last year’s most surprising TV advertising moments: the abrupt exit of Donna Speciale as WarnerMedia ad sales chief. But even more astonishing than the timing of her departure—which came just a week after she had wrapped 2019’s upfront negotiations—is the fact that a full year later, the WarnerMedia ad sales chief position still remains vacant.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.