About UPI

Leadership Team

Denise Agostini

Acting President

Denise assumed the leadership role at UPI in 2020. She brings over 25 years of media finance and business acumen to UPI, starting with print media (a Tribune newspaper and a Time magazine). As the media business environment evolved, so too did Denise’s experience, to include satellite radio (XM), television (Adelphia Media, Fox TV, Potomac TV).


Charlene Pacenti

Chief Content Officer

Charlene Pacenti has served as Chief Content Officer of UPI since 2014. She previously worked for 20 years as an editor and digital project manager for The Miami Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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Franco Fernandez

Director of Digital Business

Franco Fernandez has served as Director of Digital Business since 2016 and oversees digital marketing, ad operations, and business development for UPI.com. Franco started his career with UPI in 2008 as a web producer and content optimization specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

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Pat Benic

Director of Photography

Pat Benic has served as Director of Photography for UPI since 2001 and is based in Washington, D.C. From 1985 to 2000, he was the Chief Photographer for Reuters, based in Hong Kong, London and Washington.