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A+E Networks UK secures leadership team

A+E Networks UK has bolstered its senior leadership team with the promotions of Adrian Pilkington and Izabella Wiley. Pilkington (pictured, left), who is currently senior VP of distribution and strategy, has been ...
March 13, 2017

A+E Networks UK has bolstered its senior leadership team with the promotions of Adrian Pilkington and Izabella Wiley.

Pilkington (pictured, left), who is currently senior VP of distribution and strategy, has been lifted to the position of SVP commercial strategy and GM of Nordic, Benelux, Middle East and Africa. He will be responsible for the company’s commercial strategy, including channel distribution, digital distribution and ad sales.

Pilkington will also serve as GM for the Nordics, Benelux, Middle East and Africa, overseeing the company’s offices and local teams in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Johannesburg.

Wiley (right), who joined A+E Networks’ Warsaw offices in 2013 as GM of Poland, will take on a wider remit following her elevation to the position of GM of Poland & Central and Eastern Europe, extending her remit across A+E’s central and eastern European territories.

Both will report to A+E Networks UK managing director Dean Possenniskie.

Pilkington and Wiley join the existing members of the A+E Networks UK leadership team, including Heather Jones, senior VP content & creative and GM UK; Karl Burnett, VP of human resources; and the newly appointed Mark Neil as VP of finance, legal and operations.

“Each has made an impressive contribution to our business and I look forward to working with them to deliver on our ambitious growth plans for the UK and our international markets,” said Possenniskie in a statement.

The elevations follow last week’s departure of Nicolas Eglaus COO and GM of the Nordics, Benelux and CEEMA, after two years in the role. Eglau will remain with the British operator in an advisory role through to Aug. 31 to secure a smooth transition.

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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