Manuel Abud joined The Latin Recording Academy in 2019 as chief operating officer. Working alongside president/CEO Gabriel Abaroa, he oversees the day-to-day operation of the Latin Academy including the areas of business development, communications, digital, marketing, and production. In addition, Abud spearheads several international and local growth initiatives.
Abud’s work in U.S. Hispanic television has made him an expert in Latin entertainment. He previously served as president and CEO of Azteca America beginning in 2014. With an impressive 20-plus year career in the media industry, during which he has held a wide range of high-level executive positions, he has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the news and entertainment landscape in U.S. Hispanic television. At Azteca America, he implemented a full-scale turnaround of the network and spearheaded the November 2017 acquisition by HC2 Holdings, Inc.
Prior to Azteca, he held prominent top leadership positions at NBC Universal where he spent more than 14 years as president of the Telemundo Station Group, TV station president, and general manager in Los Angeles and Dallas markets; and president of Telemundo Cable.
Beyond professional endeavors, Abud serves on the Board of Councilors at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. He has also served on the boards of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Junior Achievement of Dallas, the YWCA Foundation of Fort Worth, the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Southern California, and the Pasadena Red Cross, among others.
Abud received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and an MBA from Houston Baptist University.