Fox Sales President Jon Nesvig to Retire After 40-Year Television Career

"It's been an incredible run, but it's time to call it a day," he says

Fox sales president Jon Nesvig is retiring after nearly 40 years in television, the network announced in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday.

"For the last 5 years I've used every trick I could think of to get Jon to stay," said Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group. "But when we discussed it recently and he said it was time, I had no arguments left. For over 20 years he's given us his very best, and now it's time to share him with his wife, Hanneke, the girls and his grandkids."

Nesvig had been at Fox for 21 years. He's the longest-serving chief sales executive at any broadcast or cable channel.

Added Vinciquerra: "Jon is highly respected by everyone in our business. When people refer to him as ‘the dean of network sales executives,' that's a powerful testament to the esteem in which he's held."

Said Nesvig, "It's been an incredible run, but it's time to call it a day. I've been extremely fortunate to work in an exciting industry and to deal with many very talented people, both as co-workers and clients. Now I'm looking forward to enjoying my grandchildren and trying to improve my golf game."

Nesvig joined the network as senior vice president of sales in 1989. Before that, he worked for 15 years in various sales roles at NBC. He has also worked at ABC Radio Network, Independent Media Services in New York and the Benton and Bowles advertising agency. He's served on the boards of the International Radio and Television Society and the Ad Council.