Mark Mandala was a 32-year veteran of ABC, retiring in 1994 as president of the network. He was 72.
Mark A. Mandala, a retired veteran of the ABC Television Network, passed away at the age of 72, on Saturday, July 11 in Dorset, Vermont, while playing golf, according to his family.
Mandala spent 32 years with ABC-TV and at his retirement in 1994 he was president of the ABC Television Network.
Mandala joined ABC in 1962 and over the next three decades he served in several increasingly-responsible positions in sales and management in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
In 1983, Mandala was promoted to president of the ABC Owned Television Stations division and in 1986 he became president of The ABC Television Network, where he oversaw sales, affiliate relations, affiliate marketing services, sales development, network operations, program administration and public relations.
Born in Downey, Calif., Mandala maintained residences in La Quinta, Calif., and Dorset, Vt. He attended the University of Southern California where he received a liberal arts degree.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan Neely Mandala; three sons — Steve of Greenwich, Conn., Charlie of San Diego, and Michael of Palos Verdes, Calif.; a sister, Cecelia Woodward of Lancaster, Calif.; and six grandchildren — Nicole, Kelly, Jack, Michael, Max and Katherine.
A reception for family and friends will be hosted on Tuesday, July 14 at 6-8 p.m. at the Dorset Field club in Dorset, Vt. An additional memorial will be planned in the future on the West Coast for family and friends there.