Turner Broadcasting Names Giorgio Stock President of EMEA Region

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The former Walt Disney consumer-products, publishing and retail executive says he sees opportunity to expand brands and franchises across platforms.

Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting said Tuesday that it has hired former Walt Disney executive Giorgio Stock as president of Turner Broadcasting System EMEA.

He will start his job, in which he will lead Turner’s entertainment and kids networks in Europe, Middle East and Africa, effective in April.

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The announcement was made by Gerhard Zeiler, president of Turner Broadcasting System International.

Stock most recently served as executive vp & general manager of Disney Consumer Products, Publishing and Retail, EMEA.

"We are delighted that Giorgio is joining us and look forward to the leadership and wealth of international media experience he will bring to one of the most strategically important areas of Turner International," said Zeiler. "His success in international licensing and merchandising, his experience in launching kids programs and channels, as well as his deep understanding of digital commerce make him the ideal choice to lead our business in EMEA into the next stage of growth."

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Said Stock: "I am excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to working with Gerhard, the EMEA leadership team and our colleagues throughout the region to build on a history of creativity and innovation. Opportunities abound to expand our brands and franchises across both existing and emerging platforms and to build the foundations for new consumer-relevant propositions, leveraging the vast creative output and resources of both Turner and Time Warner.”

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