WBEZ | Goli Sheikholeslami http://www.wbez.org/tags/goli-sheikholeslami Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CPM staff meets their new CEO http://www.wbez.org/news/cpm-staff-meets-their-new-ceo-109969 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/goli_1.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Goli Sheikholeslami met with Chicago Public Media staff for the first time since being named the new CEO this week.</p><p>She&rsquo;s held a number of leadership positions at other media organizations, including the Washington Post where she helped integrate the print and digital operations. But she moved on from the Post, in part, because she couldn&rsquo;t set the strategy for the organization.</p><p>&ldquo;That was something I could contribute to, but as CEO I think your role is really in taking a leadership position and really defining that strategy,&rdquo; Sheikholeslami said.</p><p>The CPM leadership position will be one in a number of firsts for Sheikholeslami: First time being a CEO, first time living in Chicago, first time working in public media and her first time fundraising.</p><p>&ldquo;My experience has been in traditional commercial news organizations where the primary business models have been advertising and subscription revenues,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>But she said public media&rsquo;s multiple funding streams, like membership and philanthropy, is one of the things that attracted her to CPM.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Our role is to convince more and more people that there is true value and a resource that we can become to them in their daily lives and that they should have a relationship with the station,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>CPM&rsquo;s Board of Directors is looking to the future ambitiously. While Sheikholeslami doesn&rsquo;t want to set goals for the organization yet, she supports the idea of expansion and looking to listeners for guidance.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the first task is really defining what we want to do that is different from what we do today. Where are those opportunities for us to expand? Whether it&rsquo;s the coverage, the types of shows we produce. That&rsquo;s the first step,&rdquo; she explained.</p><p>Sheikholeslami has a deep background in digital media and product development, and that&rsquo;s something that will likely play a part in CPM&rsquo;s future.</p><p>&ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s applications or digital products that can live on mobile devices is going to be key in attracting that next generation of loyal listeners,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Chicago produced shows like Wait Wait Don&rsquo;t Tell Me and This American Life are her radio favorites; programs that longtime CPM CEO Torey Malatia was instrumental in developing before he resigned last year.</p><p>Sheikholeslami said she has her own unique leadership style coming into this role. But she recognizes the creative work of her predecessor.</p><p>&ldquo;Because his sort of deep programming expertise and he&rsquo;s a great sort of creator of programming, that is the legacy. I think that I&rsquo;m hoping to support that kind of creativity going forward,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>That&rsquo;s something she&rsquo;ll keep in mind as she seeks to fill open leadership positions at CPM.</p><p>Sheikholeslami begins her new role on May 5.</p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cpm-staff-meets-their-new-ceo-109969 Chicago Public Media names new CEO http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-public-media-names-new-ceo-109955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/goli_0.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Media announced its new chief executive officer and president. As of May 5th, Goli Sheikholeslami will fill the position.</p><p>She worked at the Washington Post for 8 years, part of that time as the vice president and general manager of the digital division. She left the Post in 2010, not too long after helping the paper finish its digital and print integration. Prior to that, Sheikholeslami was senior vice president and managing director of Conde Nast&rsquo;s Style.com.</p><p>She also held a leadership position at Time Warner, and most recently worked as chief product officer and executive vice president of business operations for <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/">Everyday Health</a>, a digital health information platform.</p><p>President of CPM&rsquo;s Board of Directors Steve Baird said Sheikholeslami&rsquo;s digital background was a plus in the search for the next CEO.</p><p>&ldquo;Her coming in is going to help us figure out how we&rsquo;re going to play in that game. Which is, are we already there? Are we doing more of the same? More mobile? There&rsquo;s a whole bunch of issues that are just evolving in that more than almost anything else we&rsquo;re doing,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Sheikholeslami will be moving from New York to Chicago. Baird said her newness to the city and public media could be an asset.</p><p>&ldquo;We wanted to get somebody who had a broader view of media. To just look at it as public media or radio is an old style thought process I guess is the way I would put that. And we wanted somebody who was a broader thinker in terms of media,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>There are still a number of leadership positions to fill at CPM, including a programming and content manager. Baird said Sheikholeslami will decide how to move forward in that area.</p><p>She officially assumes the role on May 5, and replaces long time CEO Torey Malatia who resigned last year.</p><p>In a statement, Sheikholeslami said it will be a privilege to work for CPM.</p><p>&ldquo;I am excited to lead an organization that is recognized both in Chicago and across the nation for its journalistic excellence and deep commitment to listeners and the community,&rdquo; she said.</p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-public-media-names-new-ceo-109955 CPM announces Goli Sheikholeslami as new CEO http://www.wbez.org/cpm-announces-goli-sheikholeslami-new-ceo-109949 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/goli.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Media (CPM) announced today that Goli Sheikholeslami has been selected by the board of directors as the organization&rsquo;s new chief executive officer and president.</p><p>Sheikholeslami is a highly regarded media executive who has served in a number of executive roles at leading news organizations, including <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sheikholeslami will begin her new position May 5.</p><p>&ldquo;The search committee engaged in a very rigorous process, screening qualified candidates locally and nationally, to ensure that we found the right leader to effectively guide the organization forward,&rdquo; said Steve Baird, chairman of the board of directors. &ldquo;Goli brings the perfect blend of experience to this role. Her extensive media background, proven leadership in digital innovation and enthusiasm for the mission of public media will be invaluable as she focuses on growing the audience for existing programs and engaging the next generation of fans across all of Chicago Public Media&rsquo;s platforms.&rdquo;</p><p>Sheikholeslami has nearly 20 years of experience in bringing high-quality, enterprise journalism to the public. As a senior executive for<em> The Washington Post</em>, Sheikholeslami helped build washingtonpost.com and led the successful integration of digital operations with the company&rsquo;s legacy newspaper. Her strategic vision and commitment to maintaining <em>The Washington Pos</em>t&rsquo;s high journalistic standards were integral to the success of the newspaper&rsquo;s historic digital expansion.</p><p>&ldquo;Public media play an increasingly central role in producing independent and in-depth journalism and original storytelling,&rdquo; Sheikholeslami said. &ldquo;I am excited to lead an organization that is recognized both in Chicago and across the nation for its journalistic excellence and deep commitment to listeners and the community. It will be a great privilege to have the opportunity to work alongside so many talented people, building on their accomplishments.&rdquo;</p><p>She has also served in key leadership roles with major news organizations Conde Nast and Time Warner. Her most recent position was as chief product officer and executive vice president of business operations for Everyday Health, a leading health information platform for consumers and medical professionals.</p><p>Sheikholeslami earned her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in 1994 and her BS in international economics from Georgetown University in 1989.</p><p>As CEO of Chicago Public Media, Sheikholeslami will be responsible for CPM&rsquo;s multiple platforms, including broadcast and digital. She will also lead the search for a new programming and content manager who will collaborate on continuing the great storytelling that CPM has always fostered, as well as creating more informational, cultural and entertaining shows like <em>Sound Opinions, This American Life</em> and <em>Wait Wait...Don&rsquo;t Tell Me</em>.</p><p>&ldquo;We want to thank the Chicago Public Media staff for their hard work and commitment through the search process,&rdquo; said Alison Ranney, head of the Chicago Public Media board of directors search committee. &ldquo;It is their stellar journalism and the important mission of public media that we honor and protect with the selection of Goli as CEO.&rdquo;</p><p>Ann Blinkhorn and Blinkhorn, L.L.C. partnered with the CEO search committee in conducting the search. Blinkhorn, L.L.C. is a boutique retained search agency specializing in senior level executive searches in the media industry.</p><p><em>You can follow Goli Sheikholeslami on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/GoliSheik" target="_blank">@GoliSheik</a></em></p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/cpm-announces-goli-sheikholeslami-new-ceo-109949