Former ABC prexy Mark Mandala dies

Exec oversaw Television Network in late '80s

Mark Mandala, who served as president of the ABC Television Network in the late 1980s, died July 11 in Dorset, Vt. He was 72.

Mandala spent 32 years with ABC-TV until his retirement in 1994.

Born in Downey, California, he graduated from USC.

Joining ABC in 1962, he served in several positions in sales and management in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

In 1983, Mandala became president of the ABC-owned Television Stations division and in 1986 he became president of the ABC Television Network, where he oversaw sales, affiliate relations, affiliate marketing services, sales development, network operations, program administration and public relations. 

Mandala is survived by his wife, Joan; three sons:  a sister, and six grandchildren.

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