Former ABC News President David Westin Announces Next Move

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He's named president and CEO of the News Licensing Group, launching this summer.

Former ABC News president David Westin has landed at the Associated Press.

Westin, who stepped down in December and replaced by Ben Sherwood, will serve as the CEO of the AP's licensing group, which launches this summer to provide content and data to the AP and more than 1,000 digital productions.

“I said in February that the News Licensing Group will be a game changer for news providers worldwide, and we have in David Westin the right person, respected throughout the news and entertainment industry, to ensure that this happens,” says Tom Curley, president and CEO of the AP. “The new organization will begin operations under his leadership with strong media industry support and David’s exceptional entrepreneurial leadership.”

"The Internet and mobile platforms offer a wonderful opportunity to ensure that people have access to all the information they want, when they want it,” says Westin. “News providers will need to work with digital distributors to make sure that this new world works for everyone -- for the news organizations, for the distributors and ultimately for the public. This is the mission of the News Licensing Group. It is an exciting moment for the news industry, and I'm honored to be part of it."

Srinandan Kasi is stepping down as vice president and general counsel of the AP to serve as chief operating officer and executive vice president of the News Licensing Group.

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