Darrell Brown, the President of Bonneville International Corporation, has announced his retirement, which will take effect in August 2023. Tanya Vea has been appointed as the new President and Chief Operating Officer of Bonneville, starting from August 1, 2023.
Brown joined Bonneville as president in December 2013 and oversaw significant deals and acquisitions, including stations in Denver, Sacramento, San Francisco, and the KSL Sports Zone in Salt Lake City.
Before joining Bonneville, Brown served as the president of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company for 28 years. He held various sales and management roles for ABC and Azteca America television stations and served on the ABC Affiliate Board, including a term as board chairman. Brown is currently the board chair for the NAB Leadership Foundation and has been involved with community organizations such as Primary Children’s Hospital and the Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition.
Tanya Vea has been with Bonneville since 2010, initially as Vice President of Program Development and later as Senior Vice President and General Manager overseeing the Salt Lake City market. She has demonstrated expertise in embracing emerging technologies and developing new distribution opportunities, including leading the KSL Podcast division and securing exclusive deals, such as a streaming agreement with MLS team Real Salt Lake. Vea has also been involved in volunteer work with organizations like the United Way of Salt Lake City and the Utah Governor’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention.
“I’ve loved my time at Bonneville, and it’s not easy to leave, but it’s the right time for me and my family. I’m grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had to associate with so many wonderful employees as we’ve worked together to further Bonneville’s mission to be a positive influence on the communities we serve. We’ve grown as a company in our reach and impact, and I know that Tanya [Vea] will take Bonneville to the next level. I’m thrilled for the future of the company under her leadership,” Brown said.
“Darrell has been an incredible mentor, and I’m so grateful for all that he’s done for Bonneville. He has led by example as a steward of the company and its resources. I will miss working with him, and I feel incredibly fortunate to take on this role knowing that he has put the company in a position of strength,” Vea said. “Bonneville is a special company. I’m committed to building on the foundation of those who have come before me and am focused on fulfilling our mission to be trusted voices in our communities. Our greatest strength is our team of talented people, and I am honored to be able to work with them to grow Bonneville for the future.”