The Chicago Public Media Board of Directors today appointed technology entrepreneur Matt Moog as interim CEO, effective immediately.
Moog was the founder and CEO of several innovative digital start-ups, including Chicago-based PowerReviews, and has served as a member of CPM’s Board of Directors for more than 11 years. He was a past board chair and also recently served as the executive chairman of Pocket Casts, a podcast listening app.
“My background as a technology entrepreneur over the last 20 years has taught me the importance of starting with people to ensure their voices are heard,” Moog said. “Together we will evolve our strategy to take advantage of emerging digital platforms to reach larger and more diverse audiences. … I’m excited to work with the team to find new and innovative ways to engage more listeners and readers.”
Since October 2019, Steve Edwards has been CPM’s interim CEO, a role he assumed when former CEO Goli Sheikholeslami left to run WNYC in New York City. Edwards will resume his role as vice president and chief content officer.
“[Moog’s] proven ability to lead organizations to collaboratively evolve and execute a compelling strategy will help Chicago Public Media continue to serve its mission,” according to a written statement by the Board of Directors. “[Moog] is committed to prioritizing a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that values learning, excellence and professional development.”
The news follows last month’s announcement that the previously selected CEO, Andi McDaniel, withdrew from the job. McDaniel had previously been chief content officer at the public radio station WAMU, where questions had arisen about management’s handling of misconduct complaints.
CPM’s board said the search for a permanent CEO will recommence in 2021.