A+E Networks ups two international sales execs

Jonathan South has been promoted to VP content sales, EMEA while Ling-Sze Gan has been upped to senior director, content sales, Asia. Both will be, for the time being, reporting to A+E Networks international MD Ian Jones, who will be leaving the company in April to take on the CEO post at Welsh public broadcaster S4C.
October 19, 2011

A+E Networks has promoted two of its international sales execs: Jonathan South for the EMEA region and Ling-Sze Gan for Asia.

South, with the company since 2006, has been upped to vice president, content sales for EMEA and will oversee sales of the company’s 9,500-plus hour catalog through the region as well as develop and implement growth strategies for key European territories. He’ll report to Dean Possenniskie, managing director, Europe and Ian Jones, currently managing director, international content distribution & commercial development. Jones will be leaving the company in the spring for the CEO post at Welsh public broadcaster S4C.

Gan, based in A+E Network’s Singapore office and with the company since 2007, and oversees content distribution throughout Asia for standard and non-standard television, reporting to Jones and to Alan Hodges, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific.

“Jonathan has been a driving force in our international program sales business, delivering successive years of double digit growth, and opening new doors for us throughout EMEA,” said Sean Cohan, senior vice president, international. “Ling-Sze has been an important player in the expansion and visibility of A+E Networks’ programs and brands in Asia, forging new partnerships in previously untapped territories. I am very pleased to acknowledge their efforts with these promotions.”

Ian Jones, meanwhile, will be leaving his post at A+E Networks for a planned April 22 start date at S4C, replacing acting CEO Arwel Ellis Owen, who had replaced Iona Jones, following her departure in July of 2010.

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