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    Priya Dogra announces leadership team for Warner Bros. Discovery across Europe, Middle East and Africa

    Warner Bros. Discovery today announced the leadership team put in place to support  Priya Dogra, in her role as President and Managing Director, EMEA (ex Poland) following the launch of the  new, premier global entertainment company in April, 2022.

    Priya Dogra, President and Managing Director, EMEA (ex Poland), said: “My focus has been to build a senior  team that harnesses and balances the experience, perspective and talent from across the Discovery and  WarnerMedia businesses. Each leader will be responsible for continuing the necessary transitions into new  means of distribution and new forms of growth, as well as integrating our two organisations into one team,  with one clear strategy and a common, respectful culture.”

    The following executives will be responsible for Warner Bros. Discovery’s combined businesses in their  respective territories working in close coordination with the company’s global functions across Streaming,  Sport, US Programming, and the Studio and for each line of business, developing territory-specific strategies  to drive growth and efficiencies. These include pay and FTA networks, leading significant efforts in marketing  and monetising US content across lines of business including theatrical, licensing, consumer products, games  and home entertainment and shared responsibility for the streaming services.

    Alessandro Araimo becomes General Manager, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He was previously EVP and General  Manager for Discovery in Italy.

    Pierre Branco becomes General Manager, France, Benelux and Africa. He was previously Country Manager  for WarnerMedia in France, Benelux, Middle East and Africa and Head of Affiliates and Ad Sales for EMEA.

    Jamie Cooke becomes General Manager, CEE, Baltics, Middle East, Mediterranean and Turkey. He was  previously Country Manager for Discovery across CEE and Middle East & Africa.

    Hannes Heyelmann becomes General Manager, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He was previously EVP  Programming for WarnerMedia across EMEA.

    Antonio Ruiz becomes General Manager, UK and Ireland. He was previously General Manager for Discovery  in Spain, France and Portugal.

    Christina Sulebakk becomes General Manager, Nordics. She was previously General Manager of HBO Max  across Europe.

    Other executives that will be part of Priya Dogra’s leadership team and supporting the General Managers  across the region are:

    Vanessa Brookman continues as SVP Kids and Family, EMEA and takes on responsibility for Adult Swim across  EMEA with a dual reporting line to Michael Ouweleen, who leads Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and  Boomerang.

    Antony Root continues his responsibilities for original production for HBO Max across EMEA as well as original production for the WM general entertainment channels in Germany, France and Spain.

    Ragnhild Thorbech continues her responsibilities for programming and acquisitions for HBO Max EMEA.

    Myriam Lopez-Otazu continues her responsibilities for guiding investment, planning and prioritisation for  the Discovery linear channels and discovery+ working closely with the territory GMs and coordinating with  the US programming team.

    Qaisar Rafique becomes lead for Commercial Strategy expanding the role he played at Discovery to the  broader portfolio.

    As previously announced, Leah Hooper is regional lead for Streaming for EMEA, sitting on JB Perrette’s  leadership team and being an integral part of Priya Dogra’s senior team.

    The following executives have decided to step down:

    Sylvia Rothblum, Country Manager, Germany, Austria and Switzerland for WarnerMedia. Susanne Aigner, GSVP & General Manager, Germany, Switzerland, Austria & Benelux for Discovery. Thomas Ciampa, Country Manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal for WarnerMedia.  Lydia Fairfax, SVP Commercial Partnerships, EMEA for Discovery.

    David Fisher, VP Advance Advertising for Discovery.

    Priya Dogra, President and Managing Director, EMEA (ex Poland), said: “Sylvia, Susanne, Thomas, Lydia and  David have created enormous value for our company and each have shaped the careers of so many along  the way. I am grateful for their many contributions and their assistance in ensuring a smooth transition and  I wish them the very best.”

    Izvor: BIZLife

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