Discovery Health is on the lookout for a new executive VP and general manager, with the recent departure of Kathy Quattrone. The most likely internal candidate is Donald Thoms, Discovery Health’s VP of production, who has stepped into Quattrone’s position on an interim basis. However, a permanent appointment is not a sure bet. John Ford, president of the Discovery Networks U.S. Content Group, has announced his intention to conduct a search to fill the post.
Quattrone joined Discovery Health in May 1999, just months before the launch of the new channel. She was scooped from PBS, where she was executive VP, programming services. Prior to that, she had been program and production director for PBS WMFE-TV in Orlando, Florida.
Thoms followed Quattrone to Discovery Health from PBS, where he had been VP of program management. Quattrone has not announced her next move, other than stating that she and husband Mike Quattrone plan to relocate to the eastern shore. Mike Quattrone resigned as VP and GM of the U.S. Discovery Channel three months ago.