UPI Splits News, Broadcast Operations

United Press International announced the formation of two separate business units in a reorganization of the news service’s newspaper and broadcast operations.

John E. Mantle, senior vice president, was appointed to the new position of executive vice president and general manager for the newspaper division. Bob Brown, UPI’s senior vice president-operations, was named executive vice president and general manager for the broadcast division.

The announcements were made jointly by Luis G. Nogales, chairman and chief executive, and Raymond H. Wechsler, president and chief operating officer.

Nogales and Wechsler said units will be run as separate profit centers, with each operation accounting for costs and revenues in distinct business divisions. An additional new business development division will be established to include the company’s non-media activities.


Mantle, 45, has served as a reporter, photographer, sales manager and corporate executive in more than 24 years with the news service. For the past two years he has been UPI’s senior vice president and director of newspaper services.

Brown, 43, has led the cost containment of UPI’s communications and computer operations, which he will continue to head. Prior to joining UPI, Brown worked in operations and computer development at Capital Cities for acquisitions and start-up projects.

Mantle and Brown will report to Wechsler, who will head the business units.

Editorial functions will continue to report to Maxwell McCrohon, executive vice president and editor-in-chief, who is in charge of all news services.


Working with Brown in the broadcast division will be Paula Baird, senior vice president, who will continue to be responsible for all sales activities in the division.

Bill Ferguson, vice president and executive broadcast editor, will be responsible for the printed broadcast services. Richard Boggs is vice president and manager of the UPI Radio Network.


Richard E. Landau and Joseph Cattivera have been promoted to vice chairmen of Angeles Corp., a Los Angeles-based investment management company. Succeeding Cattivera as chief financial officer is Senior Vice President Steven L. Tanner.


Bruce A. Nasby has been named president of the Southern California chapter of Junior Achievement, an economic-education program for youths. Nasby previously directed the Northern California chapter and was national program director for the parent organization, Junior Achievement Inc. of Stamford, Conn.

Tetra Tech, a Pasadena-based subsidiary of Honeywell Corp., named Charles MacVean vice president-hydro products operations.

Lynn McCallister has been promoted to senior vice president and chief appraiser for Glendale Federal Savings & Loan Assn., Glendale.

Keith L. Reid was named senior vice president in the Los Angeles officer of Johnson & Higgins, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm.


Fred E. Jennings was named a principal in the management consulting firm Theodore Barry & Associates, Los Angeles.

Paramount Pictures Corp., Los Angeles, named Stephen M. Koppekin senior vice president-industrial relations. Separately, the company named Paul D. Springer senior vice president and chief resident counsel-East Coast, a new position.


Lucky Stores Inc. said that, as previously announced, John M. Lillie was named chief executive in addition to his title as president. He succeeds S. Donley Ritchey, who will continue as chairman but said last January that he wanted a “less active role” in the Dublin-based company.


Lawrence A. Del Santo was elected executive vice president of the company, which is the parent of the Lucky supermarket chain, Gemco discount stores and other retail outlets.

Charles S. McNeil, president of Kaiser Coal, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based subsidiary of Kaiser Steel, Fontana, has been appointed to the National Coal Council, a government advisory group.

Jerry K. Stanners has been elected vice president of the Associated Press Assn. of California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada, an advisory group to the international news service. He is also chief executive of the Bakersfield Californian.

Lucasfilm, San Rafael, named Ajit Singh Gill vice president and chief operating officer of the computer graphics division.



The White House said President Reagan will nominate S. Bruce Smart Jr. to be undersecretary of commerce for international trade, replacing Lionel H. Olmer. The nomination of Smart, who is chairman and chief executive of Continental Group Inc., must be confirmed by the Senate.