Former ABC Executive Mark Cohen Dies at 81

The veteran business exec left the company in 1988.

Mark Cohen, a retired business executive with the ABC Broadcast Group and Capital Cities/ABC, died Dec. 31 of cancer at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. , ABC announced Thursday. He was 81.

In the early 1970s, Cohen held a number of positions in the business analysis and planning areas and was named vp in charge of planning and development for ABC Television in 1974. He was promoted to senior vp finance and planning in 1976, became senior vp of ABC Television a year later and assumed the additional title vp of ABC Inc. in 1981.

From 1983-85, Cohen served as a senior vp of ABC and in 1985 was promoted to executive vp. He left the company in 1988.

A native of Maine and resident of Armonk, N.Y., Cohen joined ABC in the company’s clearance department in 1958. He moved to network sales in 1961, was promoted to director of sales planning in 1964 and then to vp sales planning in 1967.

Cohen served as a vice president of the International Radio and Television Society and was president of the international council of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Cohen received his degree in business administration from the University of Maine and his master's degree in television production from Syracuse University.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, daughters Patricia Beth and Cathyanne, son H. Jonathan, brother Irwin and grandchildren Chase, Jake and Maryjane.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the Oelker-Cox & Sinatra Funeral Home in Mount Kisco, to be followed by a celebration of life at the Whippoorwill Country Club in Armonk.

 
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