Turner Broadcasting System International appoints senior vice-president of comms

Turner Broadcasting System International has appointed a former as senior vice-president of comms.

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Oliver Herrgesell will serve as the Time Warner company’s chief comms and PR executive in markets outside the US, charged with developing strategy and overseeing messaging related to Turner’s international business portfolio and industry position.  

Herrgesell will be based in London at Turner International’s EMEA headquarters.

He took on the role at the broadcasting company on 1 December. He will be working closely with Gerhard Zeiler, president of Turner Broadcasting System International.

‘This position and Oliver’s professional stature reflect the importance of our international business interests,’ said Jeff Matteson, senior vice-president of comms, Turner Broadcasting Inc, to whom Herrgesell will report.  

Zeiler said: ‘Oliver is one of the most innovative, well-connected and respected media professionals it has been my pleasure to work with, and I’m delighted he is joining the Turner International leadership team. 

'I have quickly come to depend on the strategic focus and professionalism of the Turner Broadcasting comms effort around the world. Oliver will be a strong addition to that group, a valuable resource for the Turner International regional leaders and a trusted adviser to me.’

Herrgesell will provide strategic direction and thought leadership to Turner’s comms and staffs in EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific, with a focus on messaging and coordination.

He served as executive vice-president of comms, public affairs & marketing for RTL Group in Luxembourg from 2006 until earlier this year. Previously, he was chief press officer and head of internal comms for Bertelsmann AG, following a writing and editing career with newspapers including Die Woche, Berliner Zeitung and the magazines Wiener, Tempo and Stern.

Turner Broadcasting System operates more than 130 channels in 30 languages in 200 countries.  

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