Former ABC broadcast group exec vice president Mark Cohen died Dec. 31. He was 81.

Cohen joined the net in 1958 as a member of the clearance department, where he began a 30-year career with the company. He moved to network sales in 1961 and was promoted to VP, sales planning, in 1967.

In the early ’70s, Cohen held various business planning and analysis positions. He continued to climb the corporate ladder and became VP in charge of planning and development for ABC Television in 1974. In 1985 Cohen was tapped exec VP. He left the net in 1988.

In addition to his career at ABC, Cohen served as VP of the International Radio and Television Society. He was also a former president of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Pitman Cohen; two daughters and a son; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother.