Tony Vinciquerra To Leave Fox1/06/2011 2:15 PM Eastern
Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of the Fox Networks Group since 2002, informed staffers Thursday he will be departing on February 11 after 10 years at the company.
"It is with extraordinarily mixed feelings that I tell you February 11 will be my last day at Fox," he wrote in a letter to staffers, noting that "now is the time for me to do something different -- probably more entrepreneurial in nature -- and I am excited to begin down that path."
With Vinciquerra's departure, David Haslingden will become president and COO of the Fox Networks Group, News Corp president and COO Chase Carey said in a memo to staffers.
"David has done a great job growing our Fox International Channels business into a valuable asset and we have every confidence he will excel in shaping the future of FNG," wrote Carey. "He, along with David Hill, Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group; Peter Rice, Chairman Entertainment, FNG; and Mike Hopkins, President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Cable, will all report to me going forward."
Carey then provided more detail "on our new organization:
David Haslingden will have responsibility for all the corporate functions of FNG, including our strategic business development, finance, legal, advertising sales, networks engineering & operations and communications teams.
David Hill will gain oversight of our domestic joint venture with National Geographic Channels, bringing his production expertise to bear on this growing asset.
Randy Freer and Eric Shanks will work together to manage our sports cable channels portfolio, reporting to David Hill.
Peter Rice will continue in his current role running entertainment for FNG.
Mike Hopkins will continue heading affiliate sales and marketing for the cable channels. He will also be responsible for developing digital strategies for the networks of FNG, which will be a key issue for us in the coming quarters. In addition, he will gain oversight of network distribution at FBC. Jon Hookstratten will report to Mike.
Hernan Lopez will have sole day-to-day oversight of Fox International Channels, reporting to David Haslingden.