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Corus Entertainment implements new executive structure

Corus Entertainment of Toronto has formed a new senior executive staff structure that is intended to better align with the companies priorities. The company has divided its executive functions among a group of 10 senior staff who will report to Corus president and CEO Doug Murphy.

Colin Bohm has been appointed executive vice-president and head of Corus Kids. He will oversee children's television brands including YTV, Nickelodeon Canada, Disney Channel Canada, Cartoon Network Canada, Teletoon and Treehouse. He will also continue to be responsible for the Nelvana division.

Mario Cecchini has been appointed executive vice-president and president of Corus Radio and Corus Média. He will continue to oversee the company's radio operations, which include 39 stations, as well as French-language specialty television properties Séries+, Historia, Télétoon and La chaîne Disney. He will also be responsible for Corus' three conventional television stations.

Scott Dyer has been appointed executive vice-president and chief technology officer, as well as president of Nelvana. He will handle technology strategy and infrastructure spending, and will manage the company's technology staff. He will also oversee the Kids Can Press publishing division and Toon Boom.

Maria Hale has been appointed executive vice-president and head of content distribution and pay television. She will continue to oversee the company's Movie Central, Encore Avenue and HBO Canada properties, as well as the implementation of its TV Everywhere digital initiative.

Gary Maavara has been appointed executive vice-president and general counsel of the company. He will oversee legal, regulatory and governmental matters. He will also continue to be the company's corporate secretary.

John MacDonald has been appointed executive vice-president and head of Corus Women and Family. He will oversee properties including W Network, Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, CosmoTV, Sundance Channel Canada, W Movies, ABC Spark and CMT Canada. He will also oversee the company's participation in the Kin Community.

Gerry Mackrell has been appointed executive vice-president and head of airtime sales. He will continue to lead sales activities for the company's television and radio properties, as well as the client insights research staff.

Kathleen McNair has been appointed executive vice-president and special advisor to the CEO and chief integration officer, moving away from her former human resources and corporate communications responsibilities. She will now advise on initiatives intended to increase organizational effectiveness. She will also lead the integration process related to any new business acquisitions. The company is currently searching for a new head of human resources.

Tom Peddie has been appointed executive vice-president and chief financial officer. He will continue to oversee the company's corporate finance and accounting activities, as well as its facilities, real estate and corporate development initiatives.

Susan Schaefer has been appointed executive vice-president and head of marketing and corporate communications. She will lead the company's branding, marketing and consumer research activities for television and radio. She will also oversee corporate communications and public relations activities.

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