Colin McLeod has been named general manager of Fox’s channel operations in the U.K. As general manager of Fox Networks U.K., he will oversee the country’s Fox, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and BabyTV linear and digital services.

Disney is in the throes of acquiring a raft of Fox assets, including Fox Networks Group.

McLeod starts at Fox on Monday on a part-time basis before moving to full-time in the spring. He fills the role vacated by Jeff Ford, who will stay on through a transition period and continue to work on “Deep State,” the Mark Strong espionage drama that is Fox’s first original in Europe and Africa.

McLeod left NBCUniversal last year. He was the studio’s managing director for U.K. and emerging markets, and has since been replaced by Lee Raftery. McLeod has also worked at BBC Worldwide.

“Colin’s blended background offers a well-rounded and hugely valuable experience to our business, and we have no doubt he will step into the role and immediately have an impact,” said Diego Londono, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa. “We are thrilled to have Colin join the family and lead our U.K. business.”

McLeod said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to join Fox Networks Group and lead a portfolio of successful and distinct entertainment and documentary brands, which are well-positioned for the dynamic U.K. media market.”