LONDON, ENGLAND (May 31, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has announced a new senior management structure for its growing business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Effective immediately, the region will be split into Western Europe, led by Kate Marsh, and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMA), led by Lyle Stewart. Both report into Andy Kaplan, president of SPT Networks.
Marsh, in the new role of senior vice president for Western Europe, will continue to lead UK and Italy, but also takes responsibility for Iberia and for developing opportunities in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and France. Juan Romeu will continue as senior vice president and general manager for Iberia, reporting into Marsh.
Stewart is promoted to senior vice president for CEEMA, continuing to oversee business across Germany, Russia, the Baltics and Africa, while adding Central Europe to his remit and leading new opportunities in Turkey, Greece and the Middle East. Reporting into Stewart are John Rossiter (general manager, Central Europe), Sergey Plotnikov (general manager, Russia) and Bettina Hermann (territory director, German Speaking Europe).
Andy Kaplan, announcing the appointments, said: "Following a significant period of expansion in EMEA, it is clear that to accomplish the next stage of our growth it is time to look at the region in two parts. Kate and Lyle's contributions to SPT Networks over the years have been significant, making them the right fit to lead these territories into the future."
Marsh and Stewart continue to be based at SPT Networks' EMEA headquarters in London, jointly leading all operations. SPT Networks portfolio across the EMEA region encompasses over 30 core feeds in more than 50 territories and 19 languages. SPT channel brands in include AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Movie Channel and Animax.
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