AARP names Robyn Motley Senior Vice President, GM of group's media
14, 2012) AARP has announced that it has appointed Robyn Motley and
Myrna Blyth to lead the organization's media properties in the newly
created positions of Senior Vice President & General Manager, and Senior
Vice President & Editorial Director respectively.
"I can't think of two people more suited to lead our media properties
and communications teams than Myrna and Robyn," said Kevin Donnellan,
Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, AARP. "Myrna's
reputation as a thought leader precedes her and it's no secret she's one
of the most respected game changers in the media industry."
Added Donnellan, "Robyn brings an impressive combination of experience,
vision, and clear leadership abilities, developed over the course of a
distinguished career with top tier media companies. Working together, I
have no doubt these two powerhouses will catapult AARP's communications
vehicles to unprecedented levels of relevance to our members and
everyone age 50+."
Ms. Motley now oversees sales, operations and business matters for
AARP's print, digital and broadcast properties. Having worked with
various media companies, she has a proven track record of being a
stabilizing influence in challenging, and constantly changing, business
Ms. Motley is a native Washingtonian who began her media career at The
Washington Post, and she has held numerous leadership positions with
multi-media companies, operating newspapers, websites, radio, television
and cable stations. She previously worked as Advertising Sales & Service
Manager for The Washington Post Company, a diversified education and
multi-media company, operating Kaplan Education, The Washington Post,
The Herald, the Gazette and Southern Maryland newspapers,
television/cable stations and websites.
Ms. Motley is also active in her community and most recently served on
the Boards of Leadership Broward Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
She is also a former President and board member of Rainbow House and
former Vice-president and board member of Big Brother Big Sisters in
Chicago. Her recent honors and awards include African American Luminary
Award in 2011, African-American Achievers Recognition Award in 2009 and
Women of Achievement Award for Extraordinary Community Service in 2008.
Prior to joining AARP, Motley served as Regional Senior Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer for the Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and WSFL-TV.
A publishing icon who has mastered the art of relevance throughout her
career, Ms. Blyth now oversees all editorial content creation for AARP's
media properties which include AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin,
www.aarp.org, AARP's book division and AARP's radio and broadcast
outlets. Throughout her career, she has made stellar contributions to
various top-tier outlets as an editor, commentator, media strategist,
entrepreneur, publisher and author.
As editor-in-chief and publishing director, she successfully led Ladies'
Home Journal, strengthening its iconic presence in the lives of American
women. She was the founding editor and publishing director of More, the
first magazine targeting women over 40, astutely recognizing an
opportunity and engaging this group with cutting-edge lifestyle content.
She also penned the New York Times bestseller Spin Sisters that
critiqued the very media form that she understood so well.
Most recently, Ms. Blyth held the position of editor-in-chief at
ThirdAge.com where she led the site's efforts in reaching Boomer women.
Among her many awards and accolades are being named "Publishing
Executive of the Year" by Advertising Age and she received the Magazine
Publishers Association Henry Johnson Fisher Award, the industry's
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that
helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are
beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not
endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either
political campaigns or candidates.
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