JB Perrette, CEO and President of Global Streaming and Interactive at Warner Bros. Discovery, has reorganized his team and structure as part of a number of changes which led to several top executives of the group leaving the company. Among those leaving are Johannes Larcher, General Manager of International; Luis Duran, General Manager of Latin America; Sarah Lyons, EVP Product; Jason Press, CTO and Head of Engineering; and Brad Wilson, US General Manager and EVP of Global Data, CRM and Growth. Moreover, Tom Ascheim is dropping his role as President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classic; and Brett Weitz, General Manager of TNT, TBS and TruTV, is also departing.
“Hard decisions need to be made when combining two talent-filled companies and there is never only one way to organize or select leaders, but please know I have done my best to be thorough and thoughtful in establishing a leadership team and structure that I believe sets us up to win,” Perrette wrote in an internal memo to staff.
“This is the hardest part. These are all extremely talented leaders, longstanding colleagues and friends to many of you, and their contributions to the success of HBO Max cannot be overstated. Taking HBO Max from one to 61 countries and positioning the service quickly as one of the most in demand among consumers is an incredible accomplishment,” he added.
As part of the restructuring, Meredith Gertler becomes leader of Content Strategy, Scheduling and Editorial/Merchandising, supporting both Casey Bloys and Perrette working across HBO and the streaming products. Michael Bishara will lead the Digital Studios Group, reporting to Kathleen Finch as well as being on the Streaming leadership team. Alex Wellen continues leading the MotorTrend Group as President & General Manager.
Furthermore, Leah Hooper for EMEA, Jason Monteiro for APAC, Juan Sola for Latin America and Michael Bishara for North America, will be the regional streaming leaders reporting to Perrette, and also be part of the respective leadership teams of Priya Dogra and Kasia Kieli in EMEA, Clement Schwebig and James Gibbons in APAC, and Fernando Medin in Latin America.