Former BBC operations director Dominic Coles (pictured) has been named the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Discovery Networks Western Europe, overseeing the operational and financial leadership of the region’s 24 brands, beginning in October.
Coles – who will report to Dee Forbes, president and MD of Western Europe; and Doug Baker, COO and CFO of Discovery Networks International – worked for the UK pubcaster for 17 years. In his new role at Discovery, he will oversee the region’s brands over 22 territories and the business’s hybrid pay-TV and free-to-air model.
Most recently, Coles led the BBC’s business operations over the past two years. His duties encompassed a wide range of functions including technology, distribution and archive, strategic procurement and chairmanship of BBC Studios and post production, and the management of the BBC’s business continuity.
The exec replaces Yitz Shmulewitz, who is now executive VP and COO of Eurosport, following the completion of Discovery’s acquisition of a 51% stake in the European sports broadcaster.
“Dominic is a terrific business leader with strong expertise in the broadcast sector,” said Forbes in a statement. “The Western Europe business is on a big growth trajectory and we have major ambitions over the coming months and years.”