GAC has promoted Sarah Trahern to General Manager/Sr. Vice President. Trahern will report to GAC President Ed Hardy and have broader responsibilities related to strategic planning and as well as more day-to-day management over all departments at GAC.
“Sarah has demonstrated strong leadership, solid business acumen and incredible resourcefulness while contributing significantly to the growth of the GAC,” said Hardy. “To those in the music and cable TV industries, her name has become almost synonymous with the GAC brand.”
Trahern joined the network in 2005 and created the concepts behind GAC exclusive music specials featuring top country artists, most notably the Opry at Carnegie Hall, Country at the White House, and the live telethon, Music City: Keep on Playin’. She has more than 20 years of experience in cable, with 15 of those producing or overseeing production of country music programming. She has served on the board of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) since 2006 and this year was elected President.
In addition to Trahern’s promotion, Suzanne Gordon will assume the role of Vice President of Programming for the network. Reporting to Trahern, Gordon will oversee all aspects of original programming and acquisitions. Gordon has been with GAC since 2006.
GAC is owned by Scripps Networks, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel. Scripps Networks is based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Nashville and is a unit of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE:SNI).