HENRY MCGEE TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT OF HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT
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HBO VETERAN HENRY MCGEE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AND RETURN TO HARVARD; SOFIA CHANG NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT
New York, N.Y., January 31, 2013 - Thirty-four year HBO veteran, Henry McGee today announced that he is retiring from his position as President of HBO Home Entertainment to become a fulltime faculty member at Harvard Business School starting this fall. Sofia Chang has been named as the company's new Executive Vice President and General Manager, HBO Home Entertainment, effective March 4, responsible for overseeing the DVD and digital program distribution division. Chang will report to Simon Sutton, president, HBO International and Content Distribution.
At Harvard, McGee will be a Senior Lecturer teaching courses and conducting research in the areas of leadership and business ethics.
"Henry McGee represents the very best of what HBO has to offer when it comes to leadership, collaboration and innovation," said Eric Kessler, President and COO, HBO. "He is one of the most well regarded people working in the home entertainment industry today. To our great benefit, Henry has mentored countless other HBO leaders, such as Sofia Chang, who will continue to drive the division toward excellence in her new role."
"We are incredibly grateful for the decades of service that Henry has dedicated to HBO," said Sutton. "Sofia, with the top notch team in Home Entertainment, will continue to lead the industry."
"Thirty-four years ago I came to HBO from Harvard eager to apply all that I had learned in business school," McGee said. "I just turned 60 and now seems the ideal time to return to Harvard to share all of the skills and knowledge I have learned from working with my colleagues at HBO, the Dream Team of the entertainment industry. After more than three decades working at one of the world's most innovative companies, I look forward to now embarking on a new career in education at a time when the field is experiencing tremendous transformation."
HENRY MCGEE BIO
Henry McGee has been at HBO since 1979, taking over the company's video division in 1995. Under McGee's direction, HBO Home Entertainment undertook a range of groundbreaking initiatives, from Blu-ray high definition discs to digital download to international expansion -- setting up offices in London and Toronto to manage the distribution of HBO titles in over 70 countries worldwide. McGee's tenure at HBO included stints in HBO Film Acquisitions, Cinemax, HBO Family Programming, HBO Enterprises, and Thorn EMI/HBO Video (now HBO Home Entertainment). Before joining HBO, McGee worked for three years as a reporter for Newsweek magazine in its New York and Washington, DC bureaus.
McGee is the recipient of numerous awards and honors: Hall of Fame of the National Association of Minorities in Communications inductee, named one of New York's top 100 minority executives by Crain's New York Business, elected a fellow of England's RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce), "Industry Giant" award from the Vision Fund of America, Professional Achievement Award from the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association, "Visionary" award from the Video Industry Aids Action Committee, named one of the 50 most powerful African-Americans in the entertainment business by Black Enterprise magazine and inducted into the Video Hall of Fame -- one of the industry's most prestigious honors.
He is president of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation, and is also a director of the Time Warner Foundation, the Black Filmmaker Foundation and Save the Children. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and a director of the Digital Entertainment Group. McGee also sits on the board of directors of AmerisourceBergen, one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical companies and number 29 on the Fortune 500 list of the country's largest corporations.
McGee has a BA from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. His wife is a journalist and his daughter is currently a graduate student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
SOFIA CHANG BIO
Sofia Chang is senior vice president, Program Strategy & Planning, responsible for overseeing the Program Strategy, Audience Research and Promotion Planning & Scheduling areas for HBO and Cinemax. She was named to this position in March 2012.
Chang joined HBO in 2000 in the Home Entertainment division, ascending to the positions of vice president, Marketing, and senior vice president, Marketing and Creative Services. During this time, she oversaw the marketing of an extensive array of DVDs including the Emmy(r) and Peabody-winning series The Sopranos, from its first season release in 2000 to the series' entire collection in 2008, and also led the development of several award-winning DVD advertising campaigns including a Gold Effie for Oz: Season 1 and a Kelly Award for The Sopranos final season campaign.
In 2008, Chang was named senior vice president, Consumer Marketing, Retail Products, when she also assumed responsibility for overseeing HBO's licensing business. In Licensing & Retail, Chang led the expansion of HBO's licensed products worldwide into Europe, South America and Asia. She also led the development and release of merchandise across many franchises including the highly-successful Tru Blood beverage and a comic-book series for the same franchise. Under Chang's tenure, HBO expanded into new product categories including fragrances, cosmetics and digital gaming across multiple franchises including Game of Thrones.
Prior to HBO, Chang was a brand advertising manager for Pacific Bell in San Francisco. Previously, she worked in account management at the ad agencies Kirshenbaum and Bond and TBWA, both based in New York City, where she managed the Snapple and Evian accounts.
Chang holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.