Throughout his career, Ted Turner has received recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen, sharp business skills, leadership qualities, and his unprecedented philanthropy.
Whether in billboard advertisement, cable television, sports team ownership, sailing, environmental initiatives or philanthropy, Turner’s vision, determination, generosity and forthrightness have consistently given the world reason to take notice.
Turner is chairman of the United Nations Foundation, which promotes a more peaceful, prosperous and just world; co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; chairman of the Turner Foundation, which supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect the earth’s climate, safeguarding environmental health, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates; and co-founder of Ted’s Montana Grill restaurant chain, which operates 48 locations nationwide.
Over the past several years, Turner has devoted his time and energy toward promoting the use of clean energy sources. While urging others to make the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, he has already done so in a very large way. Turner has added solar panels on his numerous properties, including the installation of 25 solar canopies in the employee parking lot adjacent to his Atlanta offices.
Turner is also Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. (TEI), which manages his business interests, land holdings and investments, including the oversight of two million acres in 12 states and in Argentina, and more than 51,000 bison.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Taylor Glover is President and Chief Executive Officer for Turner Enterprises (TEI). In this capacity, he has oversight of TEI’s landholdings, financial investments and business interests, including Ted’s Montana Grill. Additionally, Glover works closely with Turner’s philanthropic and charitable organizations, which include the United Nations Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Turner Foundation.
Prior to joining TEI, Glover was Senior Vice President of the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch, where he retired after nearly 30 years.
DAVID K. WITHERS
Chief Financial Officer
David Withers is Chief Financial Officer for TEI. In this capacity, he oversees the company’s financial investments, accounting, tax functions, and risk management, as well as TEI’s Human Resources and Information Technology departments. David also administers the company’s Ted Turner Expeditions hospitality brand.
Withers joined the company in 2003 as Director of Finance. Previously, he worked in the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan.
Chief Communications Officer
Phillip Evans is Chief Communications Officer for TEI. In this capacity, he oversees public relations, corporate communications, media relations and public affairs; leads reputation management and outreach for the company’s private interests, including the Turner Foundation, United Nations Foundation, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Turner Ranches, and Ted’s Montana Grill; and provides high-level counsel on global policy, speech and op-ed writing, executive visibility and crisis communications. Evans also serves as the company spokesman.
Prior to joining TEI, Evans managed corporate communications at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Vice President, Office of the Chairman
Debbie Masterson is Vice President for TEI, where she oversees the Office of the Chairman. In this capacity, she is responsible for budget forecasts, evaluation of invitation and public appearance requests and special event projects. She also serves as liaison between the Chairman and the company’s philanthropic organizations, which include the United Nations Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Turner Foundation.
Prior to joining TEI in 2003, Masterson served for 19 years at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in such roles as Administrative Assistant, Director of Operations and Director of Administration. Fifteen of those years were spent reporting directly to Ted Turner.
Vice President of Ranch Operations
Mark Kossler is Vice President of Ranch Operations for Turner Enterprises (TEI). In this capacity, he oversees the operation of Ted Turner’s 16 ranches across six states in the western U.S., which includes the management of the world’s largest private bison herd (approximately 51,000 to 55,000).
Prior to serving in his current position, Kossler held various significant roles within the company, including General Manager of Western Ranches, and Ranch Manager of two Turner ranches: The Flying D Ranch (114,000 acres) in Montana and Vermejo Park Ranch (585,000 acres) in New Mexico and Colorado. Before joining Turner Enterprises, Mark worked as general manager of three ranches in Montana.