Turner appoints Oliver Herrgesell

December 13, 2012 07.45 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Oliver Herrgesell is joining Turner Broadcasting System International as SVP of communications, it was announced by Jeff Matteson, senior vice president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System.

In his new role, Herrgesell will serve as Turner Broadcasting’s chief communications and public relations executive in markets outside the US, charged with developing communications strategy and overseeing execution of messaging related to Turner’s international business portfolio and industry position.

He will work closely with Gerhard Zeiler, president of Turner Broadcasting System International. Herrgesell will base in London at Turner International’s EMEA headquarters.

“This position and Oliver’s professional stature reflect the importance of our international business interests,” said Matteson, to whom Herrgesell will report.

“Oliver brings experience, standing and a long working relationship with Gerhard Zeiler to a senior leadership role that will have significant influence on the company’s continuing efforts to position, advantage and grow its international entertainment, animation and news brands’ profile and collective success.”

“Oliver is one of the most innovative, well-connected and respected media professionals it has been my pleasure to work with, and I’m delighted he is joining the Turner International leadership team,” said Zeiler.

“I have quickly come to depend on the strategic focus and professionalism of the Turner Broadcasting communications effort around the world. Oliver will be a strong addition to that group, a valuable resource for the Turner International regional leaders and a trusted adviser to me.”

As head of International communications, Herrgesell will provide strategic direction and thought leadership to Turner’s multi-national communications and public relations staffs in EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific, with a focus on message prioritization and coordination. He will work closely with U.S.-based communications colleagues to integrate and align on programming and other initiatives that increasingly cross the Turner Broadcasting portfolio.

Herrgesell served as executive vice president of communications, public affairs & marketing for RTL Group in Luxembourg from 2006 until earlier this year. Previously, he was chief press officer and head of internal communications for Bertelsmann AG, following a successful writing and editing career with newspapers.