Manuel Abud was named President of the Telemundo Station Group in December 2011. Abud oversees Telemundo’s 15 owned local stations located within the United States, as well as Puerto Rico. A long-time Telemundo executive, Abud leads the Telemundo stations by developing and producing local content, strengthening the stations’ commitment to their local community. In addition, he works closely with network executives to oversee overall news programming strategy at Telemundo’s stations. He reports directly to Emilio Romano, President, Telemundo Media.
Abud has held a wide range of senior leadership positions over the span of his impressive nearly 20-year media industry career. He has played a crucial role in the evolution of news and entertainment within the Hispanic television landscape.
Most recently, Abud served as President and General Manager of Telemundo Dallas KXTX-TV. During 2010, he served as interim General Manager of independent Spanish-language television station KWHY-TV in Los Angeles.
From 2002 to 2007, Abud served as Vice President and General Manager of Telemundo Los Angeles, which included oversight of Telemundo’s signature station KVEA. Prior to KVEA, Abud was President of Telemundo Cable, a group of cable networks made up of mun2 and Telemundo Internacional, the news and entertainment channel broadcast to Latin America, the U.S. and Canada.
In 1990, Abud was President of CBS Telenoticias and in 2000 he successfully re-launched the network as Telemundo Internacional, changing it from an all-news to a news and entertainment format, reaching more than 6 million subscribers. Abud has also held various top management positions including Chief Financial Officer of Mexico’s media company Grupo Medcom, Director of Investor Relations at Grupo Televisa and General Treasurer of Grupo ICA.
Abud currently serves on the boards of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Junior Achievement of Dallas and the YWCA Foundation of Fort Worth.
Abud received a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.