John Ford, president of Discovery Communications Inc.'s content group, has
been named president of the company's new-media division.
He'll be in charge of Discovery's HD Theater, interactive TV, video-on-demand
and discovery.com initiatives.
Discovery launched its high-definition-television service June 17, becoming
the first basic-cable-network group to launch HDTV. The programmer is offering
both a free on-demand service and a paid package of VOD content to cable
In other executive news, Maureen Govern was named chief technology officer at
Convergys Corp. She had been vice president of advanced technology at Motorola
Inc.'s Global Telecommunication Solutions Sector.
And Larry Schwartz was named executive VP of North American operations for
Convergys' information-management group.