Duavit takes control of GMA as Gozon steps down

CEO of GMA Network steps down, transitions to new leadership roles

Atty. Felipe L. Gozon announced during the celebration of his 84th birthday that he would be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GMA Network effective January 1, 2024. Despite his retirement as CEO, Gozon will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Board and Adviser to the media corporation.

As Gozon made the announcement, GMA Network President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. was revealed as his successor as chief executive.

Joel Marcelo G. Jimenez was also elected as the new Chairman of the network’s Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2024.

Duavit, the eldest son of GMA Network’s founder, Gilberto M. Duavit, Sr., has been involved in the company since 1999, and has held various leadership roles before becoming CEO, including Chairman of the Network’s Executive Committee and President.

Jimenez, son of Menardo R. Jimenez, another GMA founder, currently serves as the President and CEO of Menarco Holdings and the Chief Executive Officer of Alta Productions Group, Inc.

Gozon, Duavit, and Jimenez were part of the group that revived the struggling Republic Broadcasting System, Inc. (RBS) in 1975, which later became GMA. After taking the helm of GMA Network in 2000, Gozon’s transformational leadership saw the network rise to become the top broadcast network in the Philippines.

Under Gozon’s leadership, GMA Network has received numerous awards and recognitions, and has become a trusted news brand in the country. The Network has also interconnected with millions of Filipinos in over 100 countries globally.

Additionally, GMA Kapuso Foundation, the Network’s socio-civic arm, continues to have diverse programs designed to meet the specific needs of impoverished Filipinos. GMA Network has also made investments to make digital television accessible to millions in the Philippines.

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