Discovery names new Asia execs

Splits business into Southeast and North Asia

SYDNEY -- Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has split its Asian business in two, appointing new executives for Southeast Asia and North Asia, managing director Tom Keaveney said Thursday.

Following the company's integration of its Indian and East Asia businesses in May, Kevin Dickie has been promoted to Southeast Asia senior vp and GM from his previous role of senior vp marketing and communications. He will continue to be based in Singapore.

Tommy Lin, Discovery's Taiwan country manager, takes on responsibility for Discovery's operations across Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong in his new role as senior vp and GM for North Asia. Lin will remain based in Taipei.

Keaveny said the changes were made to "reflect the increasing maturity, complexity and scale of our business across the region," as Discovery's portfolio of seven channels now reaches 439 million subscribers in the region.

In addition, Australia country manager Mandy Pattinson has been promoted to senior vp and GM for Australia and New Zealand and China country manager Fang Chang becomes senior vp and GM for China, with additional responsibility for public affairs in that market.