FremantleMedia Intl.’s Jens Richter Reshapes Leadership Team

LONDON — Jens Richter, the new CEO of FremantleMedia Intl., has restructured his senior management team. The move is intended to “strengthen central operations and finance functions, and increase sales focus in the emerging markets.”

Bob McCourt, former chief finance officer and director of operations, becomes chief operating officer in the new structure, supporting Richter in managing and leading FMI. He will help Richter to “set and implement the FMI’s strategic and commercial direction, and oversee all operational and financial aspects of the distribution business.”

McCourt’s day-to-day financial responsibilities are taken over by Darren Green, who has been promoted from senior financial controller to financial director, FMI.

The news follows the recent appointment of Georgia Brown as senior VP scripted, as the business looks to build FMI’s activity in drama and comedy, and consolidate its expertise in the field of co-production and co-financing.

Richter has also implemented changes within the global sales force, promoting Singapore-based Haryaty Rahman to senior VP, sales and distribution Asia. Rahman’s line manager Ganesh Rajaram, exec VP, sales and distribution, Asia, and Sheila Aguirre, exec VP, content distribution and format sales, Latin America and Hispanic U.S., will now report directly to Richter as FMI seeks to grow its activity in the emerging markets. As part of this renewed focus, FMI is also looking to hire a new senior executive for Central and Eastern Europe.

Richter said: “Since joining FremantleMedia Intl., I’ve been hugely impressed by the energy and dedication of the sales teams in every corner of the world. Today’s announcement seeks only to strengthen the team further and recognizes the brilliant work they’ve done so far. I’m delighted to have Bob working side by side with me — he’s been a fantastic aide since I joined FMI — while changes to reporting structures reflect our increased commitment to the emerging markets, and the potential opportunities they offer.”

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