– Discovery Communications: Andrew Warren, former Liz Claiborne CFO and GE/NBC (NSDQ: CMCSA) Universal executive, joins as senior executive vice president and CFO, effective March 26. He succeeds Brad Singer, who is leaving the company at the end of March. As part of a larger restructuring following the elimination of the COO position,
Discovery has also made four promotions: David Leavy is now chief communications officer and senior EVP of corporate marketing and affairs, reporting to President and CEO David Zaslav. Bruce Campbell, chief development officer and general counsel, adds business affairs and global production management to his responsibilities. Chief Digital Officer JB Perrette adds oversight of Discovery’s enterprise operational services to his portfolio, while EVP and Chief Content Officer for Discovery Networks International Luis Silberwasser adds U.S. network Velocity to his responsibilities.
— Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Publishing: Tim Ditlow has been appointed associate publisher for Amazon’s Marshall Cavendish children’s book titles. According to Publishers Weekly, that title “may be misleading, since the rep acknowledged that Ditlow will be overseeing children’s and YA books beyond the more than 400 titles that Amazon recently acquired from Marshall Cavendish.” Ditlow was VP of children’s content at the Amazon-owned Brilliance Audio, and before that was VP, publisher at Random House’s Listening Library.
— Turner Broadcasting: Greg D’Alba has been appointed to the new role of president of news and Turner Digital ad sales, leading the TBS, Inc. ad sales organization. Most recently, D’Alba served as EVP and COO for CNN ad sales, marketing and operations. Donna Speciale joins as president of Turner Entertainment and Animation ad sales. Currently she holds the title of president of investment and activation and agency operations for MediaVest USA.
The reorg sees several promotions: Walker Jacobs is now EVP of digital ad sales, and Katrina Cukaj is now EVP of CNN ad sales, both reporting to D’Alba. Frank Sgrizzi has been upped to EVP of Turner Entertainment ad sales, Joe Hogan is EVP of truTV, Cartoon and Adult Swim ad sales, and Lenny Daniels adds Turner Sports ad sales to his list of responsibilities including programming, production and strategy operations. Sgrizzi, Hogan and Daniels report to Speciale.
— MediaBrix: Manny Berrios and Sandro Camarao join in new positions at the company: CTO and VP of product management, respectively. Previously, Berrios co-founded and was chief technology evangelist at Axle Digital. Camarao most recently was VP at Kenzan Media.