Bell Media restructure sees departure of Discovery’s Paul Lewis

The company has let go of six executives, including the longtime Discovery president and general manager, as well as hiring a new sales VP and promoting three.

people moves _ resizedA second round of executive restructuring hit Bell Media today, weeks after a shuffle in the company’s top ranks.

Longtime Discovery channel president and GM Paul Lewis has been let go in the round-two restructure, a major change at the factual-focused channel. Lewis had been with Discovery since 1999, and has been president of the channel since 2003. Lewis’ team, including Discovery’s VP of programming Ken MacDonald, now report to Tracey Pearce, head of specialty and pay at Bell Media.

In total, six people were let go and three promoted as the company realigns and streamlines its executive ranks.

Also confirmed today were the departure of six executives, including Lesley Conway, SVP of Bell Media Sales for English Canada and Gianni Di Iorio, VP, research and revenue management, Paul Rogers, SVP of CTV News Toronto and Mario Clément VP of content, Québec. Erin Sinyard, VP of finance, reporting, planning and capital, was also let go.

The company announced the addition of Mark Finney as its VP of strategic sales, leading the merged sales groups of English and French-language sales marketing, brand partnerships and Bell Media Mix. Finney comes to Bell Media from the Star Media Group, where he worked as a VP.

Promoted in today’s restructuring was Nanci MacLean, moving from VP of Bell Media production to VP of in-house production, Jeff Hersh, who moves from director of strategy and business development to VP of strategy, revenue management and research and David Corey, who has been promoted from VP, English radio programming to VP of programming, Bell Media Radio.

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