Turner International has announced that former Disney executive Giorgio Stock will take over as president of Turner Broadcasting System, EMEA this April.
In his new role, Stock will lead Turner International’s portfolio in the region, overseeing all entertainment and kids networks, media services, licensing and merchandising activity and the distribution and commercial operations of CNN’s regional services.
“We are delighted that Giorgio is joining us and look forward to the leadership and wealth of international media experience he will bring to one of the most strategically important areas of Turner International,” says Gerhard Zeiler, president, Turner Broadcasting System International. “His success in international licensing and merchandising, his experience in launching kid’s programs and channels, as well as his deep understanding of digital commerce make him the ideal choice to lead our business in EMEA into the next stage of growth.”
Stock joins Turner after a 15-year career at Disney, most recently as executive vice president and general manager of Disney Consumer Products, publishing and retail, EMEA. Stock began his Disney career in publishing, eventually running Disney Publishing’s global licensing business.
“I am excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to working with Gerhard, the EMEA leadership team and our colleagues throughout the region to build on a history of creativity and innovation,” says Stock. “Opportunities abound to expand our brands and franchises across both existing and emerging platforms and to build the foundations for new consumer relevant propositions, leveraging the vast creative output and resources of both Turner and Time Warner.”