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Fox Asia boss Ward Platt promoted to global role, Zubin Gandevia to replace him

Ward Platt: HK to LA

Ward Platt: HK to LA

Ward Platt, the long-serving boss of Fox International’s Asia Pacific and Middle East operations, has been promoted to a global role and will move from Hong Kong to LA.

Replacing him will be Zubin Gandevia, currently COO of Fox International Channels Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Platt is credited with establishing and growing the Fox brand in the region during an 11-year stint with the company.

He moves to the US into a new position as COO of Fox International Channels and CEO of National Geographic Channels International.

Platt’s boss, Hernan Lopez, Fox International’s president and CEO, said in a press release: “I have been fortunate to work with Ward for the past 11 years. He has built our business in Asia from the ground up, turning it into a model in the region. I am delighted to have him step up to this new and expanded role.”

During his time in Hong Kong, Platt ran 129 Fox-branded channels. Recently, he oversaw the integration of Fox Sports Asia (formerly ESS) into Fox International Channels, and the launch of Fox Sports Japan – which the company says is the largest entry by a non-Japanese brand into the local sports TV market.

His replacement, Zubin Gandevia, was previously MD and EVP of National Geographic Channel Asia. He joined the network as MD for India in 2000.

Gandevia set up India’s Cable TV Network in 1986 and was a founding partner of United Cable Network in 1993. He moved to Star India in 1996 as director of cable affairs.

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