Julia Sprunt Grumbles has retired as corporate vice president of human resources, public relations and corporate marketing resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). In this capacity, she oversaw all human resources, corporate philanthropy, community affairs, internal and external communications, advertising planning and placement, photo services, print production and presentation services. She was also responsible for entertainment, sports and news public relations, as well as overseeing the CNN Studio Tour and the Turner Store. Additionally, Grumbles served on the TBS, Inc. Executive Committee.
Earlier, Grumbles served as vice president of marketing for TBS Superstation. Her responsibilities included developing and overseeing the network’s marketing plan, and coordinating public relations, advertising, promotion, research and cable sales activities related to the network’s strategic positioning.
Before moving to TBS Superstation, Grumbles was senior vice president of Turner Network Sales (TNS), where she headed cable affiliate sales efforts for the western region and coordinated marketing and communications for the division. Earlier, she served as TNS western regional vice president and southeast regional sales manager and national accounts manager.
Grumbles is the recipient of the National Cable Television Association’s Vanguard Award for Marketing, one of the cable industry’s most prestigious honors. She was named Woman of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of Women in Cable and Television (WICT) and was given the same honor by the group’s national organization. She is past president of the International Women’s Forum of Georgia and served as an executive committee member of the board of trustees for the Atlanta Girls School, and of the Advisory Board for Trust for Public Land. She also served as a member of the board of directors for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP), and North Carolina Outward Bound. She currently serves on the boards of trustees for Highlands Biological Foundation, Atlanta Landmarks, Inc. (Atlanta’s Fox Theatre), University of North Carolina’s Institute of Arts and Humanities, UNC’s advisory board for Lineberger Cancer Center and UNC Health Care System. She also served on the national steering committee for the Carolina First campaign and was co-founder of UNC’s Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.
Grumbles is currently teaching a course in entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Grumbles is a native of Memphis, TN, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and is married to Bill Grumbles.