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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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