A+E Networks has hired RTL Netherlands executive Nicolas Eglau as COO.

Eglau, who will oversee A+E Networks UK’s operating and commercial units including finance, legal and distribution, will report to Dean Possenniskie. He joins in September.

He also becomes general manager for the Nordics, Benelux and CEEMEA, overseeing the company’s offices in Copenhagen, Warsaw and Johannesburg. Eglau was previously RTL Netherlands’ member of the executive board and MD of RTL Ventures for five years.

“With his corporate strategy background and expertise operating channels, Nicolas Eglau is positioned to drive business performance and further channel growth across our markets,” said Possenniskie.

The broadcaster has also promoted Heather Jones to SVP, content and creative, following the departure of managing director Tom Davidson.

A+E Networks UK, a joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, currently operates 18 channels across the UK, Nordic, the Benelux, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa.