Illinois– (July, 16) – Regional Media, parent company of radio stations and multimedia news and sports websites in Iowa, Illinois, and Hawaii, announced today that it has chosen Rick Feltner as the organization's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Feltner, who recently sold his business in the area, will step into the role reporting directly to the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fletcher M. Ford this week.
"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, I am pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of our world-class media organization," said company President and CEO, Fletcher M. Ford.. "Rick has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the business realm. This combined with his deep business knowledge and strong desire to advance technology for his clients, makes Rick uniquely qualified to lead Regional Media successfully into the future.
Additionally, Rick is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates. He's been a highly successful executive and local business owner in the area but more importantly, he's a great fit with each of the four 'critical leadership competencies' we evaluated as part of our selection process: strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and mission-driven orientation.”
"I'm honored, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated and talented professionals," said Feltner. "Regional Media’s team produces innovative, relevant and insightful programming, every day, and their public service impacts the world far beyond where we live. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would welcome. Working with my business mentor Fletcher is going to be such a rewarding experience for me. Leading our team to success is just going to be the icing on the cake.”