Mark Hollinger will step down next June
Discovery Networks International President and CEO Mark Hollinger will resign from the media company in June, 2014 citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Discovery said its board of directors and executive team will begin searching for a successor immediately.
Hollinger said he told President and CEO David Zaslav of his decision last week.
“Having spent 150 or so days away from home during each of the last several years, most often many time zones away, I am looking forward to being back in the U.S. full-time and spending more time with my family,” Hollinger said in a statement. “It really is the only reason I would leave such a terrific company and such a wonderful team of people.”
Discovery Communications is the largest nonfiction media company in the world, boasting 2 billion subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Its networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. At Discovery, Hollinger was tasked with making the company a truly global brand and expanding it beyond its base of U.S. programming.
Hollinger joined Discovery Communications in 1991 as vice president and deputy general counsel, and subsequently served in numerous leadership roles across the company, including chief operating officer and president of global businesses and operations.