Turner PR exec exits post

Shirley Powell spent 15 years at the cable company

Veteran PR executive Shirley Powell is departing her post as senior vp corporate communications at Turner Broadcasting.

Powell will leave after the first of the year, said Turner Broadcasting executive vp corporate communications and human resources Kelly Regal, to whom Powell reported.
For the time being, Powell's senior team will begin working directly with Regal.

"We'll give careful consideration to the structure of the communications organization and announce any changes when and as appropriate," Regal said.

Powell's tour of duty at Turner started in 2001 when she was named senior vp network communications. She was promoted to senior vp corporate communications in 2003, overseeing public relations for Turner's news, entertainment and animation networks; ad sales and cable sales media relations; and government affairs and community relations.

"Her talent, experience and common sense have helped see our company through some uniquely challenging moments," Regal said.

Powell, who helped launch Cartoon Network in 1992 as vp publicity for the Turner channel, spent 15 years at the company. She also worked as senior vp at NBC and vp media relations at Disney Channel.

"This decision was made only after very careful consideration," Powell said. "I have had a job since I was 16 years old -- including through all four years of college -- and I couldn't be more excited to take a bit of a break and see what life has in store for me."