Discovery Communications has promoted 16-year company veteran David Leavy to chief corporate operations and communications officer, effective immediately.
Leavy will add to his responsibilities the oversight of Discovery’s global technology and operations function, which includes broadcast operations; technology strategy and architecture; IT infrastructure, systems and data solutions; and information security.
He’ll continue to oversee Discovery’s creative and corporate marketing, government relations, public policy and standards and practices, as well as global corporate communications; talent management; and business operations. Leavy leads Discovery’s in-house media agency, the Discovery Agency.
Previously, Leavy was chief communications officer and senior executive vice president, corporate marketing and business operations for the company.
“I am very proud of David and his commitment and contributions at Discovery over a long period of time,” said David Zaslav, president and chief executive officer, Discovery Communications. “He is a great guy who has had a big impact on our global growth, purpose-driven culture and business operations.”
“Beyond his leadership, work ethic and general capacity, David is one of the most dedicated managers and versatile executives at the company,” Zaslav continued. “I could not be happier to have him and his continued leadership at Discovery for years to come.”
“I love Discovery — the people, the brand, the mission, the leadership,” Leavy added. “I’m so thankful to Dave and Adria [Alpert Romm, Discovery’s chief human resources officer] for all the opportunity and confidence, and to my teammates and colleagues who make coming to work at Discovery the most collaborative, dynamic and creative environment in the world.”
Prior to Discovery, Leavy was chief spokesman and senior director of public affairs for the National Security Council and Deputy White House Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs under President Bill Clinton.