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A+E UK names Possenniskie as MD, as Davidson exits

A management restructure at A+E Networks UK sees Tom Davidson stepping down as MD, and Dean Possenniskie (pictured) succeeding the exec in the role.
July 15, 2015

A management restructure at A+E Networks UK has Tom Davidson stepping down as MD, and Dean Possenniskie succeeding the exec in the role.

Possenniskie – who currently serves as MD of EMEA for the company – will take up the position on July 20. The exec will also continue his duties as a board member alongside his new responsibilities as MD.

A+E Networks UK – a joint venture between A+E Networks and Sky – operates 18 channels across the UK, the Nordic region, Benelux, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with offices in London, Copenhagen, Warsaw and Johannesburg.

Possenniskie joined A+E Networks in 2010 from BBC Worldwide, where he served as senior VP and GM for EMEA. During his time with BBC Worldwide, the exec was responsible for the launch and development of the channel portfolio across EMEA and also oversaw the launch of 12 new local BBC channels across several EMEA markets in the span of a year.

Davidson served as MD of A+E Networks UK for seven years, and oversaw the launch of such brands as Lifetime and H2. According to a release issued by A+E Networks UK, the company’s subscriber base doubled to more than 100 million households during this period.

“It has been a great pleasure to lead the venture over the past seven years through a period of high growth,” said Davidson in a statement. “I am sure the company will continue to grow and succeed under Dean’s leadership and I wish the best for the global A+E Networks family in the future.”

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