Discovery Communications has appointed Liz Claiborne and former General Electric (GE)/NBC Universal executive Andrew Warren as senior executive vice president (SEVP) and chief financial officer (CFO). Warren will join Discovery on 26 March 2012 and succeeds Brad Singer, who previously announced that he is leaving Discovery at the end of March.
As CFO, Warren will be responsible for leading the global financial functions and strategies of the company and will direct all accounting, treasury, budgeting and tax activities. In addition to serving on Discovery’s executive committee and contributing to the overall strategic direction of the company, Warren also will oversee Discovery’s media technology, production and operations division, and will represent the company in its three US joint ventures, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net. CSS Studios, Discovery’s post-production sound services company, also will report to Warren.
Warren joins Discovery from Liz Claiborne, where, since 2007, he has been CFO responsible for all financial, accounting, audit, treasury, tax and investor relations activities. In 2008, Warren was promoted to executive vice president (EVP) and his responsibilities expanded to include business development, information technologies, logistics, and special sales. In 2010, Warren was named to the Treasury & Risk list of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance”.
Prior to joining Liz Claiborne, Warren spent 18 years at GE, where he held a number of positions, including senior operations leader for the GE audit staff, where he led financial and process audits across GE’s industrial and financial services businesses, and EVP and CFO of the NBC Universal Television Group, where he was responsible for all finance activities at the NBC Network, Studios, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, SciFi and Bravo. Warren holds a degree in Finance and Economics from James Madison University and began his career in the Financial Management Programme at GE.
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