Mumbai: The newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery has announced its international leadership team under head Gerhard Zeiler. Earlier, he held the position of International President for WarnerMedia and currently he will oversee Discovery globally. Zeiler announced his regional team on Thursday.
In the major changes, Clement Schwebig was named as Warner Bros. Discovery President and Managing Director of South-East Asia, Korea and India. Schwebig is based in Singapore.
Anil Jhingan who was Discovery Asia Pacific's President and Managing Director will lead business development for the enlarged Warner Bros. Discovery group across international markets.
“Our combined international business has significant scale, and a diversified portfolio – both geographically and across lines of business. As a result, when deciding the new leadership structure, we wanted to ensure that we had dedicated regional leads, to reflect the scale and complexity of the business which would, in turn, increase focus on key markets” Zeiler wrote in a staff memo.
Priya Dogra who was WarnerMedia Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (excluding China) President will now head Warner Bros. Discovery Europe, Middle East and Africa (excluding Poland). James Gibbons who earlier oversaw operations in the UK and Nordics is now Warnermedia Discovery's President and Managing Director for Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Gibbons will continue to manage the Nordics for an interim period.
Fernando Media is Warner Bros. Discovery Latin American and US Hispanic President and Managing Director. He replaces Whit Richardson who is leaving the company. Kasia Kieli is Warner Bros. Discovery President and Managing Director of Poland and CEO of TVN. She was earlier Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and African President and Managing Director.
Gillian Zhao will continue as WarnerMedia China president. Andrew Georgiou will still be Warner Bros. Discovery President and Managing Director for Sports Europe based in London. Robert Blair will lead licensing as International Television Distribution President. Ronald Goes will stay in his role as Executive Vice-President and Head of International TV production.
“As JB and I committed in our original note to you all, our decisions are the result of a thought-through process which included ensuring that the leadership team reflected the breadth of experience and talent across the two businesses. None of these decisions were easy or taken lightly," wrote Zeiler in his memo.