Emily Tan
Aug 6, 2013

Steve Marcopoto to step down from Turner

HONG KONG - Steve Marcopoto will be stepping down as president and managing director of Turner International Asia-Pacific at the end of his contract this December, ending a 15-year career with the company.

Steve Marcopoto to step down from Turner
Marcopoto will however be staying on as a senior advisor to Turner International president Gerhard Zeiler, to ensure a seamless transition and provide continuity on current new initiatives.
 
Turner is currently looking internally and externally for a successor to Marcopoto's role. 
 
Thanking Marcopoto for his work, Zeiler added, "Steve has guided Turner Asia Pacific through a period of rapid change. Under his exceptional leadership Turner went from broadcasting two networks in the region to 36 channels today along with a vast variety of digital and off-channel commerce activities."
 
Marcopoto has recently completed a round of job cuts and reorganisation for Turner Asia-Pacific that he deemed "tough, but absolutely necessary". In June, it was announced that that Turner Asia-Pacific would be cutting its headcount by 30 per cent. This followed a prior round of job cuts in October 2012, which amounted to 10 per cent of Turner's workforce. 
 
Turner has also decentralised its Asia-Pacific operations from its Hong Kong headquarters, which may mean that Marcopoto's successor won't be occupying an identical job function. 
 
"Now is the best moment for the company to put a fresh set of hands in charge," said Marcopoto on his pending departure. "It feels right to initiate the handover now as I complete 15 years in this job, and I intend to hand over Turner Asia Pacific to my successor in an optimal state.”

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