Steve Marcopoto has announced that he will step down as President and Managing Director, Turner International Asia Pacific, at the end of his contract this December. He will remain as a Senior Advisor to Turner International President Gerhard Zeiler to ensure a seamless transition and provide continuity on current new initiatives.
The succession will be announced in due course.
Commenting on the development, Gerhard Zeiler said, “I thank Steve for his outstanding achievements in his 15 years with Turner Broadcasting. Steve has guided Turner Asia Pacific through a period of rapid change. Under his exceptional leadership, Turner went from broadcasting two networks in the region to 36 channels today, along with a vast variety of digital and off-channel commerce activities. In an increasingly competitive environment, he has maintained our leadership position in news and kids channels, forged entry into new territories and built great partnerships.”
Since taking the helm as President and Managing Director in 1998, Marcopoto has overseen the growth of the business in Asia Pacific from the first linear, pan-regional TV channel to a multimedia, multi-language, multi-territory enterprise creating award-winning programmes. Under his leadership, Turner broadcasts 36 channels in 11 languages in 40 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region. This includes CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Pogo, TCM Turner Classic Movies, Tabi Channel, MondoTV, WB, QTV and truTV.
Speaking about his tenure at Turner, Marcopoto said, “Turner is poised for a great run and now is the best moment for the company to put a fresh set of hands in charge. I am very proud of the growth of our business while I’ve had the privilege of holding this role. It feels right to initiate the handover now as I complete 15 years in this job, and I intend to hand over Turner Asia Pacific to my successor in an optimal state.”