Catlett Is New COO at RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has several new managers in important roles.
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has several new managers in important roles.

John Catlett was named COO; he’s a former manager of FM stations for CBS in New York and Chicago, but since 1984 he’s developed stations abroad. He was the last manager of Radio Luxembourg and introduced the first private radio stations to India in 2001 for News Corp.; he’s been working as an international broadcast consultant more recently.

Ricki Green was named senior editor responsible for video and visual strategy; she’s former VP of news and public affairs for WETA(TV) and former producer/ executive producer of “Washington Week in Review.” John O’Sullivan becomes executive editor; he is former senior editor at the London Times and the Daily Telegraph, and was an adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; he is former editor-in-chief of UPI and editor of The National Interest and National Review.

Julia Ragona was promoted to chief broadcast operations officer; she’d been acting in that role since October. She came to the organization in 2003 to manage its re-branding.

Catlett is taking on a new position that incorporates the duties of former Director of Administration Margaret Rauch. Ragona and O’Sullivan will carry out the duties of former Director of Broadcasting Michele DuBach.

RFE/RL President Jeffrey Gedmin made the announcements. RFE/RL, based in Prague in the Czech Republic, programs to Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central and Southwestern Asia; it is funded by Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

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