Bob DeBitetto will step down from his role at A+E Networks after 14 years.
“Bob has been a friend, partner and mentor to me over the course of his entire career at A+E,” said A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc in statement confirming the executive’s departure.
“He is widely respected in our industry and is often referred to as ‘the smartest guy in the room.’ So it is with great sadness that I am announcing his departure from A+E Networks.”
DeBitetto, who was named president of brand strategy and business development for A+E Studios in 2013, will stay on until the end of the year. His replacement has yet to be announced.
DeBitetto originally joined A+E in 2003 as senior VP of programming before rising to the ranks of president for A&E and BIO, where he led the network to an a ratings growth streak over 10 years, developing some of the network’s largest unscripted franchises, including Duck Dynasty.
Dubuc said she was notified of DeBitetto’s decision to step down this summer.
“Bob told me he had decided to pursue the next chapter in his storied career and I want to be the first to wish him the very best,” she said.
Before joining A+E, DeBitetto spent seven years working in a variety of executive roles for Time Warner/Turner Broadcasting, and spent his early career in the theatrical motion picture business, where he held several senior-level positions.
DeBitetto began his career at Disney where he spent more than 10 years in a variety of capacities at the Disney Motion Pictures Group.