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HBO Asia exec retires to U.S.

Marturano will remain a consultant to web

SINGAPORE — HBO South Asia topper Jim Marturano is retiring to the U.S. after establishing and playing an integral part in running its operations in the region for 14 years.

Marturano, who will remain a consultant, will be succeeded by Suarina Chua, senior veep sales and marketing, who joined in 1994.

“Jim has been a pivotal figure in driving the company’s long-term growth in the region since our operations began in 1992,” said HBO Asia chief exec Jonathan Spink. “There’s nobody who’s done as much for the growth and development of HBO Asia.”

HBO Asia has grown from a 12-hour movie channel in one country to five unique 24-hour premium movie channels available in 22 countries across Asia.

Marturano joined HBO in the U.S. in 1986 and moved to Singapore in 1992 to help set up HBO Asia’s regional headquarters. As exec veep HBO Asia, he spearheaded sales and marketing and focused on business development.

In 2000 he assumed the dual titles of exec veep HBO Asia and managing director HBO South Asia, responsible for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives.