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WarnerMedia’s Top Ad Sales Executive Leaving

WarnerMedia’s top ad sales executive, Donna Speciale, is leaving the company as part of a reorganization of Warner’s ad sales team, according to three people familiar with the situation. She is the latest senior woman to leave the company amid a wave of departures as parent AT&T consolidates the Time Warner businesses it acquired last year.

Aside from Ms. Speciale, other senior women to leave include Bernadette Aulestia, the former head of global distribution for HBO, and Diane Tryneski, chief digital officer of HBO. 

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has taken steps to address a lack of diversity at the company. WarnerMedia in June announced it had hired Christy Haubegger to the newly created position of chief enterprise inclusion officer, reporting to Mr. Stankey. And that same month, the company named former BBC Studios Americas president Ann Sarnoff to run Warner Bros. studio. 

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