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A+E Names New Chief Financial Officer

A+E Networks has named David "Digger" Granville-Smith Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. 

Granville-Smith arrives at A+E from J.P. Morgan, where he was a Managing Director and Head of the Media Group in the Investment Banking Division. Granville-Smith has spent 23 years of his investment banking career working for J.P. Morgan and its predecessor companies, working with various media companies including A+E Networks. Granville-Smith also worked with several other companies in the cable network and distribution sector, including AMC Networks, CBS, Cablevision, Cox and others.

"Digger has spent over two decades advising media clients on some of the most groundbreaking and strategic maneuvers in the media business. He is a true industry visionary with a wealth of experience. I can't think of a more seasoned executive for this critical role as A+E Networks writes its next chapter as a global media company," said Nancy Dubuc, President & CEO, A+E Networks, in a statement. 

Granville-Smith was hired to the position following the retirement of Gerard Gruosso, who has been with A+E Networks for 30 years. 

"Gerard has been an enormous part of A+E Networks success for the last 30 years. His leadership and financial stewardship has made A+E Networks the gold standard of private media companies," said Dubuc.