The Associated Press announced today that Senior Vice President in the Americas David Gwizdowski has decided to retire from AP at the end of the year.
Gwizdowski – or Gwiz as he prefers to be known – oversees AP’s sales, licensing, business development, products and marketing across the Americas. The AP’s Americas region includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. He was named to the role in 2014 in a restructuring that aligned all revenue functions for the region under a single director.
During his tenure, Gwizdowski was instrumental in growing AP’s video business and ENPS as more players invested in TV and video operations. In 2013, he oversaw the rollout of AP Video-US, a service that provides local broadcasters a daily selection of original video from their region, the U.S. and around the world. As part of this effort, AP doubled the number of video journalists in the Americas.
Gwizdowski also pursued new business opportunities in financial and business segments, entertainment, corporations, PR and ad agencies and local government.
“Gwiz's contributions to AP will resonate for years to come,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “He has played an integral role in growing AP’s products and revenues as we continue to innovate. Gwiz led change with personal commitment, developed a solid leadership team and maintained his legendary sense of humor throughout. We wish him the best in the next chapter of his life.”
“I am proud to have played a role in supporting AP’s mission of essential journalism and to have positioned our teams to successfully address the changing media landscape,” Gwizdowski said.
Prior to being named SVP for revenue, Gwizdowski had been vice president of broadcast markets for AP since 2010, overseeing sales, licensing and product strategy for broadcasters in the United States and Canada. He joined AP in 1998 as a regional TV executive in Dallas and was promoted to director of TV network sales in 2000.
Previously, Gwizdowski worked at KTRK-TV in Houston and at WLVI-TV in Boston, where he served as assistant news director; WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and WLBZ-TV in Bangor, Maine, as news director; and at WCVB-TV in Boston, where he was executive producer. He has won two Emmys and two RTNDA Awards for Overall Excellence. He holds a journalism degree from Emerson College in Boston.
Gwizdowski has always called Bristol, Rhode Island, home. Upon retiring, he and his wife Mary-Frances plan to spend more time with their three children and young grandson.