Longtime ABC Executive Dies

Jan 16, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A veteran ABC executive who retired after serving as executive vice president, ABC Broadcast Group, and vice president, Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., has died. ABC announced that Mark Cohen died Dec. 31, 2013, at 81.

"Mr. Cohen joined ABC in the company’s clearance department in 1958. He moved to network sales in 1961, was promoted to director of sales planning in 1964 and to vice president, sales planning in 1967," ABC said in its announcement. "In the early seventies, Mr. Cohen held a number of positions in the business analysis and planning areas, and was named vice president in charge of planning and development for ABC Television in 1974. He was promoted to senior vice president, Finance and Planning in 1976, became Senior Vice President of ABC Television in 1977 and assumed the additional title of Vice President of ABC, Inc. in 1981. From 1983 to 1985, he was senior vice president, ABC, Inc. and in 1985 was promoted to executive vice president."

Cohen left ABC in 1988.

A native of Maine, Cohen was a vice president of the International Radio and Television Society and a former president and executive committee member of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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