Chris McDonnell will join WSNS, Telemundo’s O&O in Chicago, as president and general manager reports Broadcasting & Cable.

“Chris has an extensive background in broadcast television, including both Spanish-language and general market,”  said Manuel Abud, president of the Telemundo Station Group.  “He is no stranger to Chicago or Telemundo, having grown up in Chicago and previously managed the Telemundo Chicago sales team.”

McDonnell comes from within the NBC Universal family.  Previously he was vice president of sales and marketing for NBC owned station KXAS in Dallas.

His appointment fills the vacancy left by the departure of Celia Chavez who was named president and general manager of KVEA, Telemundo’s owned station in Los Angeles.