Mayer, Yudkovitz to head new group
Tom Staggs, who will oversee the new unit. The group “will play a pivotal role in detecting and analyzing key trends impacting our markets as well as evaluating high-potential new business opportunities,” Staggs said. Mayer, the former CEO of Clear Channel Interactive and Playboy.com, worked as exec VP of the Walt Disney Internet Group in the mid-1990s. He was most recently head of the global media and entertainment practice at L.E.K. Consulting. He rejoins the Mouse as exec VP of the new unit reporting to Staggs. Yudkovitz, who worked in NBC business affairs for 20 years and was most recently president of TiVo, was named senior VP for corporate strategy and biz development, reporting to Mayer. Yudkovitz ankled TiVo in February after less than two years at the DVR pioneer. He had been charged with forging distribution deals with cable and satellite companies and generating new revenue from advertisers.