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DNI changes titles for regional execs

Discovery Networks International has further retooled its upper management structure, awarding the new title of president and MD to the top execs in its four regional businesses.
August 23, 2011

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has further retooled its upper management structure, awarding the new title of president and MD to the top execs in its four regional businesses.

DNI’s president and CEO Mark Hollinger said the change would more accurately reflect the roles and responsibilities of the positions in the respective territories – Asia Pacific; Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA); Latin America and U.S. Hispanic; and Western Europe – and the scale of the business overall.

Dee Forbes now serves as president and MD for Discovery Networks Western Europe, while Tom Keaveny holds the title for Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, Kasia Kieli for Discovery Networks CEEMEA, and Henry Martinez for Discovery Networks Latin America and U.S. Hispanic.

“For the MDs, their roles and responsibilities have evolved from a suite of linear channels to focused operations across multiple platforms with varying business models, including the core linear channels, Digital Terrestrial TV or Free to Air networks like Real Time in Italy,” said DNI in a statement.

“In addition, the regional businesses are working with Discovery’s international licensing arm, Discovery Enterprises International, to ensure cross-platform brand awareness and increased revenue in licensing and program sales.”

The news comes after DNI last month appointed Vlad Tudosie as its new country manager for Romania and South East Europe, as previously reported.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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