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ABC cable taps Dean

Exec lands new position in biz ops, distribution

Disney exec Michael Dean has been named to the newly created position of exec VP, business operations and distribution, for ABC Cable Networks Group.

Dean, who most recently was senior VP for strategic planning for the Walt Disney Co., will oversee affiliate sales, finance, engineering and technology, business development, human resources and business and legal affairs for the cable division.

“Michael is a proven leader who is well respected both in and outside the Walt Disney Co.,” said Anne M. Sweeney, president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channel Worldwide, to whom Dean will report. “He brings extensive strategic and financial experience to this key role and will play an instrumental role as ABC Cable Networks Group continues expansion around the world.”

In his previous post, Dean was responsible for corporate strategy and business development for Disney’s domestic cable and broadcasting businesses.

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