Scannell to Step Down as BBC Worldwide N.A. President

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Herb Scannell will step down as president of BBC Worldwide North America this summer, the company said Thursday (May 21).

Scannell, who has been with the company since 2010, will be succeeded by Ann Sarnoff (currently COO) beginning Aug. 1. Scannell will remain with the company throughout the summer to help with the transition.

“After five years, and with a strong leadership team in place, it feels like the right time for me to return to the entrepreneurial path I was on in digital media before I joined BBC Worldwide,” Scannell said.  “The company has a bright future, in no small measure because of the extraordinary talent and leadership of Ann Sarnoff.  I have worked side-by-side with Ann for over 10 years – both here and at Viacom – and it’s been one of the most fruitful partnerships of my career."

While at the helm of BBC Worldwide North America, Scannell has presided over a 50% increase in overall revenue and was instrumental in the growth of BBC-America, including last year's joint venture between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks, which resulted in AMC taking a 49.9% stake in BBCA and co-investing in future BBC productions.