Discovery Communications has appointed Wonya Lucas executive vice president and COO for Discovery Channel and Science Channel.
Lucas, who has been serving as CMO for Discovery Communicatoins, will lead the strategy and operations of the programmer's flagship service and Science Channel, working across their functional departments to ensure growth. In addition to operations, her role has been expanded to include oversight of the networks' research and marketing departments.
Lucas succeeds Tom Cosgrove, who last week was named as the president and CEO of the Discovery, Sony and IMAX 3D Television network.
Discovery Communications said it will initiate an internal and external search to replace Lucas as CMO.
"Wonya's depth of expertise across every network function make her an invaluable addition to our leadership team," Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and president of Science Channel, to whom Lucas reports, said in a statement. "Bringing her critical eye to our business processes and her understanding of evolving brands to our networks will be key to driving us towards future growth across Discovery Channel and Science Channel."
Prior to joining Discovery Communications in 2008, Lucas was general manager and executive vice president of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing for The Weather Channel and weather.com, and operations and programming for The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel HD, Weatherscan, The Weather Channel Radio Network, and newspaper syndication.
Before moving to The Weather Channel in 2002, Lucas held several positions at Turner Broadcasting System, including senior vice president of strategic marketing for CNN Networks and vice president of business operations and network development for TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and Turner South.
Her career has also included stints in brand management for The Coca-Cola Co. and The Clorox Co.