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ABC has upped three affiliate relations executives to vice president, overseeing the net’s distribution in three different regions of the country.

Susi D’Ambra-Coplan will serve as veep of affiliate relations for the northeast-central region; Jim Esposito has been named vice prexy of affiliate relations for the southeast-central part of the country; and VP Kathleen O’Connor will handle the Pacific-mountain region.

D’Ambra-Coplan previously served as director of station relations for the northeast region. Prior to joining ABC in 1997, she served as a director of sales at Buena Vista Television.

Esposito was director of ABC’s southeast region affiliate relations since 1998. He previously was a director of affil sales and marketing at CourtTV.

O’Connor joined ABC’s affiliate relations department in 1994, working her way up to director of the Pacific-mountain region. She previously held other positions at ABC and at Target Management Consultants.

D’Ambra-Coplan and Esposito will continue to be based in New York; O’Connor will remain based in L.A.