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Fox elevates Jeff Collins to President of Advertising Sales

Collins takes over for Marianne Gambelli, who will retire after four decades in the industry.

Collins takes over for Marianne Gambelli, who will retire after four decades in the industry.

Jeff Collins. (Courtesy photo)
Jeff Collins. (Courtesy photo)

Fox Corporation says its top executive in charge of advertising sales is set to retire after a four-decade career in broadcasting.

Marianne Gambelli, who joined Fox Corporation in 2017, will step down from her role as president of advertising sales, the network announced on Monday, and will be succeeded by Jeff Collins, the company’s current executive vice president of advertising sales for its Fox News Media division.

Gambelli began her television sales career at Comcast’s NBC Universal in 1989, where she worked for more than two decades before moving to Horizon Media as its chief investment officer. She spent four years at Horizon Media before joining Fox Corporation as its president of sales for the Fox News Channel and Fox News Media. She was promoted to president of advertising sales for Fox and its associated brands nearly five years ago.

“I want to thank Marianne for her many contributions to Fox and congratulate her on a phenomenal career,” Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chair and CEO of Fox Corporation, said on Monday. “Marianne has contributed immensely to the successful execution of our strategies, and it has been a great pleasure of mine to work alongside her.”

Marianne Gambelli. (Courtesy photo)
Marianne Gambelli. (Courtesy photo)

Fox Corporation will again look to Fox News Media for its newest president of advertising sales, with Collins overseeing all Fox brands and services, including Fox Entertainment, Fox Sports, Fox News Media and Tubi. The advertising sales groups at Fox-owned OutKick and TMZ are operated as separate divisions.

“Jeff has established himself as a leader and an innovator, and we are confident that he will continue to build value for our advertising partners across all of our platforms,” Murdoch said.

“It has been an honor to lead this talented team during such a transformative period in our industry,” Gambelli said. “I know they are well positioned under Jeff’s leadership to continue to set the standard for excellence for delivering results for our advertising partners.”

“I look forward to leading the ad sales team as we continue to work with our valued partners to provide unique and compelling connections with the passionate audiences only Fox can offer,” Collins remarked.

Collins joined Fox Corporation in 2019 after serving as the chief revenue officer at Viant Technology, which included MySpace, Specific Media and Xumo, the latter of which is now a joint venture between Comcast and Charter. Before his role at Viant, he spent nearly two decades at Turner Broadcasting in sales and leadership positions, Fox said.

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