Randy Gorbman

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

Greater Rochester Enterprise, the local business development organization, says that Matt Hurlbutt has been named President and CEO.

Hurlbutt has been in an interim role since June after Mark Peterson left for a job in Illinois.

Hurlbutt has been with GRE since 2008, and was Chief Operating Officer before he was tapped to fill in as interim leader.

There’s word of layoffs at Alstom Corporation in Rochester. The railway equipment company says the changes will impact about 80 jobs.

Alstom says a ‘business decision’ was announced Thursday to employees letting them know that the company is transferring manufacturing activity to other Alstom sites in the U.S.

Alstom’s statement provided to WXXI News says that “This business decision was taken after reviewing the market  and customer demand.”

One large local advertising agency is acquiring another. Rochester-based Partners + Napier on Tuesday announced it will acquire Roberts Communications effective Nov. 1

“This deal grew out of a long-standing relationship between two agencies that are both committed to doing great work for clients that deliver results. It was a natural next step in our growth and will add to our already stellar credentials in the health and wellness, food and beverage, and financial services categories,” said Partners + Napier founder and CEO Sharon Napier, who will continue in that role.

A longtime former leader of Bausch + Lomb has died.

Dan Gill, who was CEO from 1981 to 1995 died on October 27, according to an obituary in the Democrat & Chronicle.

Constellation Brands says it will be acquiring a minority stake in a Canadian marijuana company. The Victor-based wine, beer and spirits corporation is buying a piece of Canopy Growth Corporation, described as a leading provider of medical cannabis products.

A statement from Constellation says this investment is consistent with the company’s long-term strategy to “identify, meet and stay ahead of evolving consumer trends and market dynamics, while maintaining focus on its core total beverage alcohol business.”