Make your mark in the media world

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 May, 2007, 12:00am

An experienced businessperson can make an impact on the media sector in this high-profile role with a well-known name in broadcasting.

As part of Time Warner, one of the world's largest media companies, Turner Broadcasting System (Turner) owns and operates TV networks, such as CNN, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Pogo and TCM, and is making advances using new technology.

'We are leveraging our leadership in TV networks to online, mobile, VOD and IPTV offerings,' said Lau Yew-ming , vice-president for business development, referring to video-on-demand and internet protocol television, a type of digital television delivered through a broadband internet connection.

Mr Lau's business development group is responsible for developing the company's overall business strategy. Activities include identifying and evaluating initiatives that fit within that strategy, and executing those initiatives through the development of new products, new networks and markets, strategic partnerships and joint ventures.

Mr Lau is looking for a director of business development with good commercial judgment to drive the group's activities.

The ideal candidate will have more than 10 years of work experience in a business development, strategy, consulting or private equity function. The incumbent will work on all aspects of Turner's business, with all operating groups and across all markets.

As part of the strategy development team, the director will also be directly involved on a more micro level, in establishing the strategy and direction of the business.

'Given the wide scope of the role, the challenge will be to focus on the key priorities,' said Mr Lau.

With three direct reports, the appointee must have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with a team. Demonstrated leadership in identifying, developing and executing strategic initiatives is essential to succeed in this role.

'He or she must have a combination of energy, leadership and persuasive skills to drive results in an unfolding and developing sector,' said Mr Lau, adding that excellent analytical and financial skills along with a clear, concise writing style were essential.

In terms of education, he said the company was looking for someone with superior academic qualifications, including a bachelor's degree from a top university. An MBA would be a plus.

About four to eight trips a year may be necessary to Turner's major markets, namely Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Australia and Southeast Asia. The ability to speak an Asian language is a plus. There would be ample opportunities for training, and the right candidate who delivered a proven performance could look forward to an excellent career path, Mr Lau said. Immediate prospects include promotion to executive director.