Discovery taps Andrew Warren

He comes aboard amid senior exec restructuring

Discovery Communications has appointed Andrew Warren senior exec VP and chief financial officer as part of a larger restructuring. Warren is a longtime vet of General Electric/NBC Universal and comes to the company from Liz Claiborne. He succeeds Brad Singer, who announced last year that he would leave the company in March.

“Having worked extensively with Andy at NBC Universal, I know firsthand what an effective and strategic leader he is, how knowledgeable and passionate he is about the media business, and what a great addition he will be to our already strong senior management team,” said topper David Zaslav.

The company’s senior executive structure has been a little lopsided since COO Peter Liguori left the company two months ago.

Further restructuring at the company’s Silver Spring headquarters in Maryland include a major promotion for David Leavy, now Chief Communications Officer and senior exec VP of corporate marketing and affairs, reporting directly to Discovery topper Zaslav. Leavy, who already headed up Discovery’s communications, adds marketing duties to his job description.

Other of Liguori’s duties will be parceled out among senior staff: Bruce Campbell (no relation), the company’s chief development officer and general counsel, will add biz affairs and global production management, with Lee Bartlett reporting direction to him.

J.B. Perrette, the company’s chief digital officer, now oversees Discovery’s enterprise operational services department (and thus deals with Netflix, Apple, Amazon etc.); and Luis Silberwasser, exec veep/Chief Content Officer for the company’s international arm, will add domestic net Velocity to his portfolio. Velocity topper Bob Scanlon now reports to Silberwasser.