Discovery Networks International has announced that Mark Hollinger (pictured) has been named president and CEO of Discovery Networks International, and that Greg Ricca will be leaving the company ‘following a period of transition.’ Most recently serving as COO for Discovery Communications, Hollinger will continue with those duties until a successor is named.
‘Mark has been my most trusted partner at Discovery. He has been critical to building Discovery into the number one nonfiction media company and creating the best global footprint in all of media,’ said Discovery Communications president/ CEO David Zaslav. ‘Building strong brands and growing audience share around the world is one of our key growth opportunities, and Mark’s fluency in Discovery’s global business, strong leadership skills and vision to grow the business makes him the ideal executive to lead Discovery Networks International into the future.’
Hollinger, who joined the company in 1991 as vice president and deputy general counsel, was also integral to the launch of Discovery Channel Asia, working as acting general manager for the operation in 1994. ‘I am very grateful to David for giving me this opportunity, and energized to join the talented international Discovery team,’ Hollinger said. ‘I have great confidence that Discovery’s extensive global operations can continue creating strong, vibrant brands and maximize our platform position for the next phase growth.’ There has been no word of Ricca’s future plans.