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Bernardo Gómez Martínez

Bernardo Gómez Martínez

Mexico City

Media (Grupo Televisa)

Contemporary art

Overview

Bernardo Gómez Martínez is the executive vice president of the Mexico City–based organization Grupo Televisa, which is regarded as being the most prominent Spanish-speaking mass media company in the world. It’s no stretch to call his leadership strategy hands-on; Gómez Martínez exercises full editorial authority throughout Televisa’s  content and oversees all government liaison activity-serving as Televisa’s only liaison with Mexico’s past two presidential campaigns. Additionally, Gómez Martínez handles the workings of the company’s legal division. Televisa is the exclusive airer of Mexican presidential elections, and is considered by many to be the go-to news source in the country.

Gómez Martínez has also served as president of the Mexican National Chamber of Radio and Television Industry, spearheaded the repeal of sixties-era regulations enacted that restricted the country’s digital media. He is the closest  adviser to Emilio Azcárraga Jean, who became CEO of Televisa at 29 after the death of his father, Emilio Azcárraga Milmo. Together with colleagues José Bastón and Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega, Azcárraga Jean and Gómez Martínez are widely credited with turning around the fortunes of the media empire, bringing Televisa back from a near bankruptcy.

Though he has been spotted at international art fairs, Gómez Martínez has to date been relatively private about his art collecting. Mexico in general has seen a revitalization of its art collecting scene in recent years, with a thriving art fair in Mexico City’s annual Zona Maco , the opening of prominent private museums like Eugenio Lopez Alonso’s Jumex and Carlos Slim’s Soumaya, and the growth in galleries.

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