Discovery Networks has appointed Allan Navarrete as General Manager and Angela Recio Sondon as the VP of Content for the company’s U.S. Hispanic division, effective immediately.
Navarrete, based in Mexico City, assumes this new role adding to his current responsibilities as EVP and GM of Mexico, Andean Region and Central America for Discovery Networks Latin America. He’ll report directly to Enrique R. Martínez, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and Canada.
As GM for Discovery U.S. Hispanic, Navarrete is responsible for leading the business expansion of the company’s Spanish-language networks in the U.S., which include Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia.
Navarrete started his career at Discovery in 1995, holding several senior positions within the distribution side of the business across Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
In 2005, he transferred to Discovery’s global headquarters in Silver Spring, MD to assume the position of VP for Channel Distribution for the U.S. Hispanic market. Prior to joining Discovery, Navarrete was VP for Latin American sales at NBC Universal International Television Distribution.
Recio Sondon, based in Miami, will continue to report to Carolina Lightcap, Head of Content for Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and Navarrete.
In her new role, she’ll be responsible for the strategy and implementation of programming, marketing (off-air and on-air), communications and digital efforts for Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia. She’ll also act as liaison with the advertising and affiliate sales units of the company.
Recio Sondon, most recently VP of Program Sourcing and Acquisitions, began her career at Discovery in 2005 as Director of Programming and Production for Discovery U.S. Hispanic.
Prior to joining Discovery, she was Director of Programming, Production and Acquisitions for Disney and Jetix Latin America, and Director of Programming and On-Air for MGM Latin America.
She began her career in the television industry working for Univision and Telemundo.