Jan Koeppen, who has served as chief operating officer for 21st Century Fox of Europe and Asia since April 2009, has been named president of Europe and Africa for Fox International Channels.
Koeppen will begin his new role at the 21st Century Fox subsidiary this month. He will be based in London and be responsible for the 94 television and online services in 88 countries that make up FIC’s portfolio across Europe and Africa.
FIC Europe and Africa’s revenues exceed $1 billion and include Fox, Fox Sports, Fox Life and National Geographic Channel. It is the world’s most diversified international channel group, serving more than 1.625 billion homes, and operating out of 64 offices, 25 of which are in Europe and Africa.
“It is a time of great opportunity in our business and we are excited to have someone of Jan’s insight and experience join FIC’s global leadership team,” said Hernan Lopez, president and CEO of FOX International Channels, to whom Koeppen will report.
“It is a thrill for me to join Fox International Channels. I have long been a fan of how FIC has created and grown a truly great business all over the world,” said Koeppen. “FIC’s unrivalled portfolio connects with viewers, advertisers and distributors across the entertainment, sports, factual and lifestyle genres. I look forward to working with Hernan and the incredible team to build on FOX International Channels’ global leadership.”
As COO, Koeppen oversaw a portfolio that included pay-TV operators Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, equity affiliates BSkyB and Tata-Sky and pay and broadcast TV units Star India and FOX Turkey. He completed 32 transactions and major restructurings for the group, including the creation of Star India as a standalone operation and the majority stake acquisition of Sky Deutschland.
He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Sky Deutschland, Tata Sky and Fox Turkey.
Prior to joining 21st Century Fox, he held several posts with The Boston Consulting Group, including serving as partner and managing director at the firm’s London branch. He holds a Master’s of Management from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington.