Twin Cities business executive Robert Pohlad is the newest member of the Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees.
Pohlad manages The Pohlad Companies and is the former chief executive officer of PepsiAmericas. The Pohlad companies include JB Hudson Jewelers, Twin Cities Automotive, Marquette Real Estate Group and Marquette Financial Cos.
Pohlad and his wife Rebecca are long-time members of Minnesota Public Radio. He is a director and vice president of the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation, and has served on the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, the University of Minnesota Foundation and American Beverage Association.
He also chairs the Dean’s Board of Visitors for the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is the son of the late billionaire Carl Pohlad, radio station owner and owner of the Minnesota Twins.
Minnesota Public Radio operates a 44-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states.
St. Paul-based MPR produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by MPR’s parent company, American Public Media, reach 17 million listeners on 800 radio stations nationwide weekly, according to the announcement.