Every day at AP was a great learning experience. It is a 168 year old global news gathering and licensing agency with an on-going challenge to constantly improve its product set, meet changing customer demands, establish strategic partnerships, and keep AP apace with today's fast-moving digital markets. The mission to deliver breaking news to half the world's population every day in all formats was a great challenge, and ultimately one that elevates the capabilities and industry knowledge of its staff.
As a global matrix organization, working at AP required a collaborative and flexible approach to developing and managing initiatives. I was fortunate to be able to work with hundreds of very bright and talented people across all departments and disciplines worldwide. And through this experience I gained an invaluable understanding of global media markets, content consumption, media planning, content packaging and licensing, etc.
The senior management team was tough but fair and exacted accuracy and succinct communications from its staff. They often supported career growth, invested in staff training, and always afforded accessibility to top executives.