Turner is looking to establish a new division focusing on international digital innovation.
The task will be overseen by Aksel Van der Wal, who will take up a new role as executive vice president of digital ventures and innovation as of 1 January.
The division will house Turner’s direct-to-consumer products, focusing on ‘driving profitable growth through international consumer-centric initiatives including all of Turner’s international multi-platform suite of digital properties and its direct-to-consumer product strategy’
Van der Wal will work closely with Turner International’s presidents, identifying areas and opportunities for Turner.
International president, Gerhard Zeiler, said, “As our industry undergoes huge evolution, the impact of digital disruption and changing consumer behaviour continues to put audience insight right at the heart of our business strategy.
“This new division will ensure that we assess new opportunities for innovation, development and acquisition through the lens of relevant, robust consumer data and through a realigned, agile organisational structure.
“Aksel’s experience in transformative management, his first-class understanding of both the linear and digital media landscapes, and his detailed knowledge of Turner’s international operation, all combine to make him a superb fit for this new role.”