Following the departure of A+E Networks UK MD Tom Davidson, the company has promoted Heather Jones to the position of Senior Vice-President, Content & Creative. Additionally, RTL Netherlands exec Nicolas Eglau is joining A+E Networks UK as Chief Operating Officer.
In her new role, Heather Jones will manage all of the company’s creative units, including Programming, Marketing and Communications, Creative and Digital. The exec, who joined A+E in 2013 following stints at MTV, Paramount Comedy and North One Television, will also continue to serve as General Manager, UK – a position she has held since February of this year.
“I’m absolutely loving life at A+E Networks and am proud to work for a company that has world-class content in all genres and a fantastic set of channel brands”, said Heather Jones. “I’m really looking forward to broadening my remit to encompass all content and creative divisions and am delighted to be working alongside such experienced executives”.
Nicolas Eglau, meanwhile, is set to take up post next month and will be responsible for managing A+E Networks UK’s operating and commercial including Finance, Legal, Operations, Strategy, Distribution and Ad Sales in the UK and a range of other territories. He will also serve as General Manager for the Nordics, the Benelux and CEEMEA; overseeing the company’s offices in Copenhagen, Warsaw and Johannesburg.
“I’m excited to undertake this new role at A+E Networks UK”, commented Nicolas Eglau. “There are growth opportunities for our business and brands in the UK and the company’s other territories, and I look forward to working with the entire A+E Networks team and our partners to build upon the company’s solid foundation.”
Both Heather Jones and Nicolas Eglau will both report into Dean Possenniskie, who took over Tom Davidson’s responsibilities as of July 20th as part of his current role as Managing Director, EMEA for A+E Networks. Jones and Eglau, serve as two thirds of A+E Networks UK’s leadership team. The third leadership post is held by Karl Burnett, Vice President of Human Resources, who also reports directly to Dean Possenniskie.
“The A+E Networks UK brand portfolio has seen rapid expansion over the past 5 years, both within and outside the UK. As we continue to drive growth of our brands and business, we looked for strong leaders to develop and execute strategy,” said Possenniskie.“With his corporate strategy background and expertise operating channels, Nicolas Eglau is positioned to drive business performance and further channel growth across our markets. Heather Jones is one of the most well-respected television executives in the UK, and is a passionate advocate of our brands and content. I am pleased to announce her expanded leadership in overseeing content and creative strategy for our brands.”