Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that Ann Ellis has been named Group Manager and will be responsible for the oversight of the Eugene, OR, Medford–Klamath Falls, OR, Fresno–Visalia, CA, Bakersfield, CA, Boise, ID, Harlingen-Weslaco-Browsville-McAllen, TX, El Paso, TX, Amarillo, TX, Columbia–Jefferson City, MO, Beaumont–Port Arthur, TX, Yakima–Pasco–Richland–Kennewick, WA and Colorado Springs–Pueblo, CO markets. The announcement was made by Steve Pruett, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair’s television group.
In making the announcement, Mr. Pruett said, “Ann brings over 25 years of sales experience to Sinclair. In her time as Vice President of Sales at Communications Corporation of America, she was responsible for all aspects of sales for 31 television stations in 10 markets. We look forward to bringing her sales and leadership expertise to these markets.”
“I am excited to be joining Sinclair and overseeing this group of western region stations,” commented Ms. Ellis. “With a focus on training, development and management to use the valuable resources wisely that Sinclair can provide, I believe that our station teams will achieve a higher level of sales and overall performance.”
Ms. Ellis served as Vice President of Sales at Communications Corporation of America from May 2008 to January 2014. Prior to that and from 2005, she worked as an Integrated Sales Account Executive for KPNX-TV (NBC) in Phoenix, AZ and from 2002 to 2005 she worked as an Account Executive for AZTV (IND) in Phoenix, AZ. From 1987 to 2001, she held various other positions including Advertising Director at the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, MO, Sales Manager at Zimmer Radio Group in Columbia, MO, and National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and Station Manager at KASN-TV (CW) in Little Rock, AR. Ms. Ellis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Physical Education from Austin College in Texas and her Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Austin College in Texas.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 168 television stations in 77 markets, pro forma for pending transactions. Sinclair’s television group is affiliated with all major networks and will reach approximately 38.7% of all U.S. television households. For more information, please visit Sinclair’s website at www.sbgi.net.