I have not had the opportunity to source this information – I am in the process of doing so, it’s late night in Ontario, so I don’t expect any responses until tomorrow, if at all. The standard press releases aren’t up as yet at Crossroads or EQUIP. (Update: Don Simmonds has confirmed)
Don Simmonds has stepped down as CEO of Crossroads Christian Communications.
Effective Monday, American John Hull will take over as the Global CEO of the Crossroads group, and specifically the CEO of Crossroads Canada, Crossroads USA and as the General Manager of CTS. Dr. Hull is known to a few Canadians as a former senior transition minister at Toronto Peoples Church in the 1990′s. After Peoples Church, Hull returned to the US where he headed up a leadership ministry called EQUIP.
Simmonds was appointed CEO of Crossroads in October 2009. I never did understand why his appointment was not publicly announced for 2 months. He will remain chairman of the boards of Crossroads Canada, Crossroads USA and CTS, but no matter, he’s out, and the new CEO will be introduced to Canadian 100 Huntley Street viewers on Tuesday.
Crossroads has been dealing with continued debt, loss of staff, lack-luster performance of new projects, the terminal illness of founder David Mainse, attention around the Axcess Automation/Funds ponzi scheme that had involved Ron and Reynold Mainse, as well as public questions around CIDA funding. 100 Huntley Street just held it’s 2 week fundraiser to meet operating expenses. Christian tv in Canada is not doing well, and has been limping for some time.
This shake up will be spun on 100 Huntley Street as a positive and planned development.
This is me musing, but with the appointment of Jerry Johnston as Executive Director of Crossroads Christian Communications USA, and as a host of 100 Huntley Street, and Dr. Hull taking the helm, I wonder if we’ll see more religious right, conservative thinking coming from the Burlington behemoth? Crossroads is going south.
Update: Dr. John Hull introduced to viewers on 100 Huntley Street Tuesday September 10th.
Staff was informed Hull was being brought in from Georgia as transition CEO on Friday, now viewers know.
Ron led the top of the show with, “…the most important announcement in the last four years.”
There was happy clappy bio information, a thank you to Don Simmonds, a clip of Hull from 1998 on set, when CTS was launched.
Hull has a communications degree from the University of Georgia.
(Aside: Unlike Johnston, Hull has no skeletons in his closet, no baggage from his past, he runs clean)
“We’ve enlarged that scope over the last four years and now we need a new leader to take it further.”
A flow chart of Crossroads was put on screen.
“The last piece is Crossroads USA, it has been revitalized through Jerry Johnston, it’s not new, it’s been around for (?) years, will have it’s own programs.
There was chatter about Dr. Hull’s job with EQUIP (aside: EQUIP Canada is in debt if I’m reading the Revenue Canada T3010 correctly)
Crossroads is expanding into the US market, building an internet family vortal.
Let’s leave the last word with Jerry Johnston.
“Wow this is a big big stupendous announcement.”
“What is so unique is John (Hull) knows Canadians,(and) Americans, and has a global vision.”