The head of the ABC O&Os has been named president of Disney International’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Diego Lerner and reporting to International Chairman Andy Bird. She will be stepping down from the station group, but no word on a replacement there.
Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime, has been named president, The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective Jan. 1, it was announced by Disney International this morning.
She will be giving up her job at the station group, but an Disney-ABC spokesperson said no successor there has yet been selected.
At EMEA, she will succeed Diego Lerner, who will return to his home in Buenos Aires and take on a new role at Disney International reporting to its chairman, Andy Bird.
In announcing Campbell’s appointment, Bird said, “Rebecca’s ability to manage and lead the many disparate and geographically diverse stations across the U.S. with such incredible success makes her the best choice to lead our efforts in such a complex region.”
Campbell has spent the last 20 years in the Disney/ABC Television Group where she is responsible for the company’s eight local TV stations and their digital assets in New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Houston; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Fresno, Calif.
Prior to taking over the group, Campbell ran the ABC O&Os in Philadelphia (WPVI) and New York (WABC).
Campbell also oversees ABC National Television Sales and ABC Daytime.
“I want to thank Andy for giving me this incredible opportunity to lead the talented EMEA team. I couldn’t be more honored,” Campbell said. “I look forward to working with everyone in EMEA to elevate the Disney business, deepen our connection with existing consumers and engage new ones.”