Ann Sarnoff has been named CEO and chairwoman of Warner Bros, according to an internal memo from John Stankey, the head of WarnerMedia.
Most recently serving as the president of BBC Studios Americas, Ann has taken over from her predecessor, Kevin Tsujihara, who left Warner Bros in March 2019. Kevin had been with the WarnerMedia unit for more than 24 years and led Warner Bros to have its most profitable year ever in 2017 following the success of Wonder Woman, which took in $821m in ticket sales worldwide.
Ann commented: “I’m excited to work with Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly to flesh out the plans for the streaming services, Warner has a lot to offer in that regard.”
“Ann is a recognised strategist and respected leader of diversified businesses, with a proven track record of driving growth, innovation and consumer engagement,” added John Stankey. “Her experience spans media, entertainment, digital product development, consumer products, licensing and distribution, in leadership roles with companies from Viacom and Dow Jones to the WNBA and PayPal.”