A top executive at ABC is retiring after a 27-year career at the network. Announcing her retirement today was Geri Wang, president of ABC Sales.
Wang will retire in March 2017.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent ABC for these past 27 years,” Wang said in the announcement. “I truly love ABC: the people, the programs, the ideals. It’s been a magnificent journey, and I want to thank my team for all of their hard work, their brilliance and their friendship. No one is luckier than me.”
Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, commented in the announcement: “While we all understand and respect Geri’s decision, she will be greatly missed — both inside Disney|ABC and around the globe with our many clients. Geri is a force of nature — one of the best and brightest in our business. Relentless in her commitment to ABC, formidable at the negotiating table and a fierce advocate for all clients, she has raised the standards of everyone who works with her. We all wish her the very best, no one more than I.”
Wang, who oversees a team of almost 300 people responsible for advertising sales and integrated marketing across the ABC portfolio, was promoted to president of ABC Sales in February 2010. “Wang has been instrumental in extending advertising opportunities and value beyond television, forging groundbreaking approaches to new media and digital. She managed a business group generating multi-billion-dollar revenues annually,” the announcement notes.
The release adds: “An ABC veteran who started as a daytime planner in 1990, Wang advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility, gaining hands-on sales and management experience. Her wide-ranging expertise and demonstrated track record of success led to her appointment as senior vice president of Primetime Sales in 2000 and, a decade later, to president of ABC Sales.”