SILVER SPRING, Md. — Discovery Communications announced that has named formed Liz Claiborne executive Andrew Warren to the position of senior EVP and CFO. Warren will join Discovery on March 26, and will be based at the company's global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Warren succeeds Brad Singer who previously announced that he is leaving Discovery at the end of March.
Warren joins Discovery from Liz Claiborne Inc., where, since 2007, he has been CFO responsible for all financial, accounting, audit, treasury, tax and investor relations activities. In 2008, Warren was promoted to EVP and his responsibilities expanded to include business development, information technologies, logistics, and special sales.
Prior to joining Liz Claiborne, Warren spent 18 years at General Electric, where he held a number of positions, including senior operations Leader for the GE Audit Staff, where he led financial and process audits across GE's industrial and financial services businesses, and EVP and CFO of the NBC Universal Television Group, where he was responsible for all finance activities at the NBC Network, Studios, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, SciFi and Bravo. Warren holds a degree in finance and economics from James Madison University and began his career in the financial management program at GE.
"Having worked extensively with Andy at NBC Universal, I know firsthand what an effective and strategic leader he is, how knowledgeable and passionate he is about the media business, and what a great addition he will be to our already strong senior management team," said David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications. "With Andy onboard, and with the strategic realignments we announced today, I am confident that Discovery is very well positioned to continue delivering on our strategy for sustainable long-term growth in the U.S. and around the world with a lean and efficient structure that best deploys our outstanding talent and resources."
As CFO, Warren will be responsible for leading the global financial functions and strategies of the company and will direct all accounting, treasury, budgeting and tax activities. In addition to serving on Discovery's executive committee and contributing to the overall strategic direction of the company, Warren also will oversee Discovery's media technology, production and operations division, and will represent the company in its three U.S. joint ventures, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net. CSS Studios, Discovery's creative post-production sound services company, also will report to Warren.